What is this elongate thing found on Mars?

Check out the video that zooms in on this mystery object discovered using Google Earth – Mars.

UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY: Ancient Structure On Mars, Found Using Google Earth, June 2013.

This unusual structure has a very balanced shape and size to it. This structure also does not go under the ground, but instead is laying on the surface of Mars. Notice the evenness of the lines. The balance of the indents that go all the way down the sides. The back seems thinner a bit than the front…if it is the front. This structure shows lots of signs of being an a spaceship that has long since been abandoned on Mars. I bet NASA already knows about it and has been there to investigate.

Coordinates are given as 13°19’45.38″N….115°34’14.39″­W

Many strange structures have been “found” on Mars. The speculation about what this may be runs from the abandoned spaceship to a tunnel. There are more extravagant ones too (see fun comments here). I’d offer it could be an oblique hit on the surface to make an odd crater or it just looks odd due to imagery errors. This search for oddities on Mars is a hobby for some people. Hope we can get some more rational ideas of what this is.
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  14 comments for “What is this elongate thing found on Mars?

  1. July 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I’m guessing that there are elements from photos at different times. The bottom of the structure clearly follows along a larger ridge. So, natural, but why the weird appearance, yo no se.

  2. July 6, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    It would help if we knew which spacecraft took it and what the resolution/size is. Single photos can be very deceiving about three-dimensional characteristics; remember the “trees” on Mars. I worked on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has the highest resolution camera at Mars. Although I did not do the science analysis, I was exposed to it enough to learn some of the problems.

  3. Chris Howard
    July 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    It’s a rock.

  4. spookyparadigm
    July 6, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    If the ruler in Google Earth is accurate, it’s a mile long.

    And I concur with Sharon that this looks like a gouge of some sort. While Bob’s point about this being a composite of photos is a good point, all of the craters near it share the same angle of light (the east edge of the craters is brightly light, the west edge is in darkness) so presumably this imagery can probably be treated in the same manner, and it does indeed follow this pattern.

    I like the comment at the link that it’s a tunnel. I don’t believe that, but it does remind one of the entrance to one.

  5. Stuart Robbins
    July 6, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    As a geophysicist who got his Ph.D. creating the first global database of all Martian craters ≥1 km in diameter and has been staring at Mars maps for the last 7 years … yes, this is a negative-relief feature. But, it’s unlikely it’s an impact crater.

    An impact crater will usually show a raised rim – or some evidence of one in the past – and an ejecta blanket on such a young, volcanic surface. This just looks like the surface is pretty flat and then suddenly you have this collapse feature, so in my opinion, it’s not an impact crater.

    This is a young, volcanic surface. Ergo, it is much more likely that this is a collapsed lava tube that we see all over this region of the planet — indeed, just to the north we have a very long linear graben that happens when a lava tube evacuates and the ground above it collapses down. It’s possible this was maybe triggered by an impact event, and it’s not that common to see them so isolated, but when you see the high-res images, it’s a natural depression, and you can see a graben leading into it from the left (west).

    Here it is at 5.5 m/px: http://viewer.mars.asu.edu/planetview/inst/ctx/G01_018494_1930_XN_13N115W

    And at 12.5 m/px: http://viewer.mars.asu.edu/planetview/inst/hrsc/H5146_0009_ND3 (near the middle)

    It’s that latter dataset that I think Google is using in the video above, though not necessarily that exact image.

  6. MidianGTX
    July 6, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    That… is a chocolate éclair.

  7. spookyparadigm
    July 7, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Ok, yeah, those hi-res images definitely make it look like the entrance to a tunnel/tube. With as noted, no evidence of debris or other disturbance around it, hence as Stuart notes, collapse rather than carved out.

    There is a section at the beginning of the K’iche Maya holy book, the Popol Vuh (which is a manifestation of a thousands of years old creation story amongst the Maya) that when the gods successfully created humans, they had to cloud their vision, so that they would not be like the gods themselves (for those noting a similarity to the story of the Tree of Knowledge in Eden, while this aspect of the story may be a parallel, Christianity had been in the Maya region for 70 years when this version of the book was transcribed in K’iche Maya, but in Spanish characters, so syncretic blending and borrowing would be expected).

    This principle applies to all sorts of woo (UFOs and cryptids have gotten blobbier and less impressive as cameras have gotten better and more ubiquitous), but I can’t think of any place more than this sort of “exoarchaeology” where recent changes in information gathering have been so striking. From blobby black-and-white imagery that one had to work to find outside of poor copies, to hi-res color imagery of Mars and the Moon that come standard on a free program that anyone can obtain, and that oh yeah, also can show you any place on earth with hi-res aerial imagery, and many places with semi-VR ground-level imagery, and that you can carry in your pocket and it will help you navigate to the place.

    And other than using that GPS function for daily routines and modest car trips, I’ll bet most people will never take advantage of this sort of information to explore places that are otherwise legend.

    And now I shall play a round of GeoGuessr

  8. One Eyed Jack
    July 7, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Excellent post, Stuart. I added a comment to the video to bring people here to see your assessment.

  9. Stuart Robbins
    July 7, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    I’ve now posted a blog post on this, going into much more detail: http://wp.me/pjMYE-wY

  10. July 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Years ago, just before the planet Kryptic expoded, its greatest scientist Jim-Bob-El sent his son Mel-Bob-El in a rocket to the distant planet Earth. Or at least that was the plan, Jim-Bob-el had lousy aim.

  11. RDW
    July 7, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Why on Earth, or Mars, would a species clever enough to travel light years across space, leave even a disabled ship on a strange, empty planet for just anyone to stumble across ?? It could be reverse engineered and a species of barbaric monkey men could be invading their home planet. I doubt that any species clever enough to pull off traveling between stars would be so “Cute” in their actions. I don’t think they’d be naive enough to assume that we, as a species, would be benign enough to be entrusted with a gift of advanced technology. It just wouldn’t make any sense.

  12. Eve
    July 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who immediately recognized that as a chocolate éclair.

  13. John Van Vliet
    July 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Two days late , but here are some close ups from the original PDS img files
    Level2 reprocessed , that means that it is calibrated and the ccd scan lines removed then line normalized
    ( ISIS3 – ctxcal & cubenorm , then ran through “cam2map at a scale of 18,000 )
    the first three images are just zooming in ,the fourth is a lower contrast of the third image
    — North is UP —

    h t t p : / / imgbox.com/g/Rm6Vd1ORHD

  14. July 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    It looks like a gorge caused by some kind of collapse of a cave or such underground. Definitely not an object on the surface, neat terrain, though.

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