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NASA image shows what looks like a door on Mars

May 12, 2022 | Comment icon 26 comments

Is this a door or is it just a geological formation ? Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
NASA's Curiosity rover has captured a photograph of what appears to be a doorway carved into the rock.
We've seen a lot of strange and unusual items on the surface of Mars over the years including everything from a set of traffic lights to a perfect reproduction of Beaker from The Muppets.

While these can typically be explained away as examples of pareidolia ( the tendency for the human brain to see meaningful shapes in otherwise abstract patterns ), this latest photograph isn't so easily dismissed and appears to show a distinctive opening in a rock face on the Martian surface.

The picture, which was taken of a geological feature known as Greenheugh Pediment by Curiosity's Mast Camera on May 7th, has sparked considerable debate since appearing online.
While it's tempting to imagine that this is some sort of artificially built doorway, it is in fact most likely to be a naturally occurring geological feature and not the work of intelligent extraterrestrials.

Some users have suggested that it is a shear fracture, which is created when forces on the rock cause chunks of it to break off. In this case, the piece that has fallen off happens to look door-shaped.

The full image can be viewed - here (the 'door' is left of center towards the top.)

Source: Science Alert | Comments (26)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by Timothy 5 days ago
Sorry if I was blunt. Just that these rovers are there for specific reasons, so they won’t deviate unless something is compelling.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hammerclaw 5 days ago
You can also imagine a face, bottom right section of the image. Must be a very small door, blown up and blurry as the image is.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Susanc241 5 days ago
You also appear to be able to see the back of the cavity as the rock curves, if you zoom in. If it?s a door it doesn?t appear to be going anywhere.
Comment icon #20 Posted by jethrofloyd 5 days ago
Comment icon #21 Posted by OverSword 4 days ago
Comment icon #22 Posted by NCC1701 4 days ago
Why is the guy with the blue jeans there? (center right in this crop) You can even see his brown shoes.
Comment icon #23 Posted by sanchez710 4 days ago
Interested to know the size of the 'door'. 
Comment icon #24 Posted by sanchez710 4 days ago
It's the 6 Million Dollar Man. 
Comment icon #25 Posted by locomekipkachelfantje 3 days ago
And what is the size?
Comment icon #26 Posted by sanchez710 20 hours ago
I'm not sure, still trying to find out. 

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