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

This story is a part of Welcome to Mars, our sequence exploring the purple planet.

You realize what I might 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 purple planet has led to some enjoyable hypothesis, nevertheless it’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 dialogue asking what may need prompted a doorway-like cutout on the facet of a Mars hill. The view comes from a sequence of uncooked photos captured by Curiosity’s mast-mounted digicam on Might 7.

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


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

UFO debunker UFO of Curiosity 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 will 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 appear to be a fish. A back-lit cliff can appear to be the profile of a face. Cropped photographs and zoomed-in views could make tiny options appear massive. The “doorway” is perhaps utterly unremarkable if the shadows occurred to be falling at a unique 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 now have a wheeled robotic tootling about within the Gale Crater, beaming again photographs from one other world. 

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