Curiosity rover photographed a “door” to Mars? NASA and scientists explain

NASA’s “Curiosity” Mars rover took a photo on the 7th showing an opening with an arched lintel that leads to a corridor with smooth walls. Scientists were quick to explain that the surrounding geology actually gave a clear picture of how the structure formed. (adapted from mars.nasa.gov)


We.aerospacegeneral Administration (NASA) of curiosityMars planetA photo taken by the rover on the 7th shows an opening with an arched lintel leading to a corridor with smooth walls. However, scientists were quick to explain that the surrounding geology actually gave a clearer picture of how the structure formed.

The Daily Telegraph and Sky News reported that at first glance, the images returned by Curiosity looked like someone had carefully carved a gate on the surface of the Martian rock. Conspiracy theorists immediately seized the opportunity, claiming that this is where life exists on Mars. evidence, but scientists reported that the “gate” has a clearly visible large opening on the left, indicating that rock-cracking events are frequent in the area, and a boulder in the foreground fell through the opening appears to be.


Sanjeev Gupta, professor of earth sciences at Imperial College London and one of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover mission scientists, explained that the hole in the picture was created through “normal geological processes”.

Professor Gupta said, “The boulder may have just erupted, fell off the hill and rolled, which does not require a meteorite impact. The crack is a fracture (the crack is a fracture), and Mars And there are many on Earth, no marsquakes needed. Marsquakes. Nothing strange in this picture, these are just normal geological processes.”

In addition, the field of view of this picture also plays a role. NASA reported that because the image was so large, the crack looked like a full-sized door. The spokesperson, along with another public digital mosaic photo, explained to the fact-checking website Snopes that the gap in the image is actually a small crack in the rock, about 30 by 45 cm,” mission team scientists stressing how much it really is. is small.”

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