Mars3D – “IRAQ-13” in 3D Stereo
Neville Thompson’s beautiful MSL 1282 M-34 gigapan harbors a wealth of anomalies, but today we focus on one that to me, is terribly intriguing.
Our master view shows the general area: toppled megaliths abound. How about that giant “anvil” with a right-angle notch underneath, sitting just above today’s anomaly? There’s plenty to see here, but let’s zoom in on the circled area for a closer look.
Clearly-seen engraved on the rock face to the left of what may be a cave entrance are letters and numbers spelling “Iraq-13”! Not only that, but they have lines above and below that enclose and set off the writing!
If you’ll indulge me for a moment, let me turn my speculation free on this one.
A Marine veteran, almost certainly special ops finishes his last tour of Afghanistan and gets tapped for the “Twenty and Back” Mars program. Sick of sand fleas and the never-ending carnage of the Middle East, he accepts. After training for his new and even more challenging mission, he makes the jump to his new unit on Mars.
Sent out to recon various areas for infiltration and annexation, he spends a couple weeks in this area hunkered down in a convenient and easily-defendable cave that protects from both the elements and the assorted critters that make living on Mars aggravating. The sandstone cliff in which the cave sits is soft and malleable. So the graffiti starts. He carves “Iraq 13” to memorialize his last tour of duty earthside and to let other units (and whoever else might be there) know this is American soil.
He adds a nice little touch inside the “Q”, making what looks like a star.
OK, wild and undisciplined speculation I’ll admit. But the other choice is that random wind and sand carved these letters and numbers into this chance configuration, neat and clean with lines above and below.
And that, to me, is pretty far-fetched.
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