Sorry, NASA Did not Spot a Secret Doorway on Mars

This story is a part of Welcome to Mars, our collection exploring the crimson planet.

You realize what I might love? Definitive proof of alien life on Mars. Give me tentacle monsters. Give me a civilization of aliens residing in underground bunkers. Make my sci-fi fantasies come true. A current NASA Curiosity rover picture of an oddball rock formation on the crimson 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 dialogue asking what might need brought about a doorway-like cutout on the aspect of a Mars hill. The view comes from a collection of uncooked photographs 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/Crimson 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 take 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 Curiosity tweeted on Wednesday.

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

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

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