Sorry, NASA Did not Spot a Secret Doorway on Mars

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You realize what I might love? Definitive proof of alien life on Mars. Give me tentacle monsters, a civilization of aliens dwelling in underground bunkers. Make my sci-fi fantasies come true. A latest NASA Curiosity rover picture of an odd rock formation on the purple 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 induced a doorway-like cutout on the aspect of a Mars hill. The view comes from a collection 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.


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UFO debunker UFO of Curiosity tackled the picture of what appears 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 photos will be tough. A funkily eroded rock can seem like a fish. A back-lit cliff can seem like the profile of a face. Cropped images and zoomed-in views could make tiny options appear massive. 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 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 images from one other world. 

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