The title graphic (above) uses a segment taken from a much larger image captured by the Mars Rover: Curiosity, on Sol 01547 (instrument: NavCam Right B).
Now, the whole purpose for this exercise: I have identified three anomalous objects in this image that we need to take a closer look at.
Anomaly One: "The Brick".
This object appears to consist of three rectangular surfaces conjoined at right angles to one another. What can I say – it's a brick.
Anomaly Two: "The Shark's Fin".
Here we seem to be looking at a slab, with a curving upper surface, from which projects a shark's fin shaped extension. Please compare the relatively smooth lines of this object, with the rough, irregular surfaces of the surrounding rocks. It looks totally (dare I say it) alien in this environment.
Anomaly Three: "The Bowl".
With this, half buried in the Martian soil, object we seem to be looking at something that once possessed circularity, but has been damaged at some point. Look carefully at the dark, shadowed area. There also appears to be evidence of convexity behind this dark area. This, to me, suggests that we are looking at a bowl shaped artifact here.
So let's look a little deeper.
The animated GIF below uses segments from two images captured by both Curiosity's Left and Right NavCams on Sol 01547.
At this point I would like you all to remember/bring to mind the "Face on Mars". NASA claims that this enigmatic feature only resembles a face when it is viewed from a certain angle. Please now look closely at the rear edge of our "Shark's Fin": indicated by the red arrow.
Here we are seeing the "Shark's Fin" in parallax: from two different angles. Despite the different viewing angles the elegant curve we see at the rear of the "Shark's Fin" remains an elegant curve. The curve remains because this is how it was made: to be a curve. Now we cannot know whether this object has been carved, moulded or machined. We cannot know how this artifact was manufactured – until we can get-up-close and inspect this object in minute detail.
Please now turn your attention to what is being indicated by the blue arrow. Here we are looking at the rim (which appears to be dented) of "The Bowl". Can you see how the appearance of the bright spot: directly below the blue arrow, changes as the angle from which we are viewing it changes? Are we looking at reflected sunlight here? Is this object made of metal?. Again, we cannot know anything for sure until we are afforded a much closer view of this object.
And this, my friends, is where you come in. Wouldn't you like to get-up-close-and-personal with these anomalies? The Curiosity Rover isn't that far away from the point at which it captured these images. It wouldn't be that difficult for NASA to have Curiosity back-track along it's line of travel and return to that spot. Once there it could then be sent over to our enigmatic trio and use all of it's analytical instrumentation to determine what they are.
My friends, if NASA could be persuaded to do this for us then we could finally have an answer to the biggest, single question facing mankind: Are we alone in the Universe?
This has got to be worth giving it a shot.
So this is what one of you – out there – has to do. One of you has got to start a petition demanding that NASA investigate the anomalous objects that appear in images caputured by Curiosity, on Sol 01547.
I would do this myself but I am way too busy promoting the Universal Peace Petition (check out the Universal Peace tab at the top of this page).
Now, where do I sign?
Many thanks to NASA JPL for making the images used here available.
The original Sol 01547 NavCam Right image can be viewed here:
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