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Sorry, NASA Didn’t Spot a Secret Doorway on Mars



This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet.

You recognize what I’d love? Definitive proof of alien life on Mars. Give me tentacle monsters. Give me a civilization of aliens dwelling in underground bunkers. Make my sci-fi fantasies come true. A current NASA Curiosity rover picture of an oddball rock formation on the pink planet has led to some enjoyable hypothesis, but it surely’s not proof of alien exercise. Drat. 

Goofy Mars rocks are the spice of life for me, and this one is a delight. I got here throughout it Tuesday in a since-removed Reddit discussion asking what might need triggered a doorway-like cutout on the facet of a Mars hill. The view comes from a sequence of raw images captured by Curiosity’s mast-mounted camera on Might 7.

A mosaic view of Mars from Curiosity places the “doorway” into context.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Purple circle by Amanda Kooser/CNET

UFO debunker UFO of Interest tackled the picture of what seems like “an entrance to a secret underground tunnel” by sharing a broader have a look at the panorama. “Watching it in context as a part of the entire mosaic, we are able to see that little area of interest in a rock with different blocks, fractures, shapes and different erosive options throughout that rock face,” UFO of Interest tweeted on Wednesday.

Mars photos may be tough. A funkily eroded rock can look like a fish. A back-lit cliff can appear to be the profile of a face. Cropped pictures and zoomed-in views could make tiny options appear giant. The “doorway” is perhaps fully unremarkable if the shadows occurred to be falling at a distinct angle. 

This isn’t meant to discourage the enjoyment at discovering weird-shaped rocks and panorama options on Mars. We completely ought to experience butt cracks and Zen gardens and whimsical arches. However maybe what’s most magical is that we have now a wheeled robotic tootling about within the Gale Crater, beaming again pictures from one other world. 

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