Fractured Rocks – Stereoscopic Corner #10
Contributed by Mary Friargiu, Brian May and Claudia Manzoni
Since February 2021, Perseverance has been roving Mars and sending back images to Earth. We’d like to celebrate this 2-year milestone by giving a stereoscopic insight into a particular recurrent feature on the surface of Mars: fractured rocks – showing small crevices or deep cuts. All these stereo images have been assembled from photos captured by the Mastcam-Z’s ‘eyes’ – and we present them, as before, as stereoscopic parallel, cross-eyed, and anaglyph 3-D views.
Mary Friargiu, Brian May, Claudia Manzoni
Sol 153: This giant boulder features two deep cracks on the right-hand side which appear to split the rock into three parts. The almost perfectly flat front surface also looks like the result of a fracture.
Sol 169: This rock looks expertly cut vertically in half. In mono it’s hard to tell if the crack is superficial or not – in stereo it seems apparent the dislocation runs all the way through the rock.
Sol 206: This rectangular rock shows a couple of horizontal cracks near the bottom – resulting in a collection of blocks which look as if they have been carefully placed on top of each other.
Sol 363: This elliptical rock shows two deep rifts which split the stone into three roughly equal parts.