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You probably might remember Henry Paterson’s Mystery Flower On Mars post last month where pictures of a mold-like flower were taken on the Martian surface. Today, another photograph depicting an anomalous object was found. It’s not a flower or a rock that looks like Bigfoot. It’s a very peculiar object that look metal, almost man-made.


The photograph is credited to NASA / JPL and can be found here. I have to admit, most of the anomalous images from Mars that have made their way across my inbox have nothing compared to this one. Whatever that object is, it looks artificial and metallic. I sure would love to hear NASA explain this one.

UniverseToday has a nice writeup on this story:

The Curiosity Mars rover has found some strange-looking little things on Mars – you’ve likely heard of the Mars ‘flower, the piece of benign plastic from the rover itself, and other bright flecks of granules in the Martian soil. Now the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock. Visible in the image above (the green lines point to it), the protuberance appears to have a high albedo and even projects a shadow on the rock below. The image was taken with the right Mastcam on Curiosity on Sol 173 — January 30, 2013 here on Earth — (see the original raw image here), and was pointed out to us by Elisabetta Bonora, an image editing enthusiast from Italy.


  • Looks kind of like the shift lever on a motorcycle.

    We have sent enough probes to Mars, put a number of satellites in orbit there, and lost quite a few due to programming errors and mechanical failures. It is not impossible we will find a few of the pieces. Granted that is one hell of a “needle in a haystack” scenario, but it cannot be ruled out. 

  • ghosttheory

    Actually, that’s a good point. Although, it baffles me since the object seems embedded, almost buried deep into the soil.

    If it was a piece of a satellite that crashed down, then wouldn’t there be a small crater or soil disturbance given the impact force?

  •  A 200 mph dust storm will move a lot of soil around, and polish a piece of metal to a nice shine. With little to no oxygen to catalyze the surface it should stay nice and shiny for a long time.

  • A comment on Flikr suggested a fulgurite.
    That is an interesting idea. Of course it will be taken as evidence of the Electric Sky idea.

  • The Oshmar

    I Kinda think it looks like the top of a ball pein hammer =D


     Metal that is blasted by sand will have a matte finish not polished

  • Not entirely true. Resurfacing will depend on the angle of impact and the size of the blasting medium and relative hardness of the object being blasted.  Mars generates dust storms more than sand storms and a finer particle will polish just as finer sand paper will. Glass bead used as a blasting medium does a nice job of polishing.

    Since we are seeing reflectivity on or near the top and it is not unlikely that IF this object were polished by a dust storm, the predominant winds would be blowing relatively parallel to the ground, that the top and bottom surfaces would be struck by dust traveling at a very shallow angle to the surface of the object and so get finely polished.

    For reference, I have well over a decade of experience in both industrial cleaning and sculpture finishing, both involving sand blasting with a variety of media.


    I have worked in the aerospace industry for almost 50 years. We dry blast with different abrasives including glass beads and wet blast with noviculite media. I disagree that you will get a polished surface by blasting. It always produces a matte finish.

  • I am not claiming you are going to get a mirror, but you will certainly get a surface capable of producing the reflection of light evident in this picture given the resolution shown.

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