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MIA037: Stanchion Base Plate



Mars Report Ref: MIA037

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact

Description: Stanchion Base Plate
Approximate size: 40 cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: Gale Crater

Found by: Rami Bar Ilan

Image date: Sol 595, April 2014
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphics/image editing: M. J. Craig

Image source:


The resemblance to a triangular base is strong, especially with an extension which might suggest an attached stanchion. What is lacking is other images from a different angle, which could ascertain its true form and shape. The 'stanchion' shape itself may just be an illusion, formed by a flat surface and a dark rock, while the triangular 'base' may also not be flat at all. There are several images available of this object, but none offer a different angle from which to view and appraise its true nature.


Triangular shape of a mechanical character suggested.


Optical illusion, due to perspective, shadows and imagery limitations.


MIA037.1 Stanchion Base Plate - Curiosity Rover, Sol 595 April 2014

​Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

MIA037.2 Stanchion Base Plate - Earth analogy

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