NASA explains the origin of the mysterious “door” on Mars

The “gate” was photographed by NASA ‘s Curiosity rover.


A few days ago, a photograph taken by the Curiosity rover on Mars surprised locals and strangers.

In the shot, a supposed “door” would be seen on the Martian surface . In the image you can see how it seemed perfectly carved for this purpose, which gave rise to dozens of theories about its origin, mainly relating it to extraterrestrial inhabitants.

Given this, NASA itself has come out to clarify what is the origin of this accident.

A door on Mars?

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) spoke with the Snopes portal to give details of the rock.

According to the entity, the photograph is a “very, very, very enlarged shot of a small crack in a rock.”

“Team scientists stressed how small [the crack] is: about 12 inches wide and 18 inches wide,” a JPL spokesperson said by email. “They said there are linear fractures throughout this outcrop, and this is a place where several linear fractures intersect.”

The photograph was taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) equipped aboard Curiosity, a system that uses fixed-focal-length multispectral imagers to capture “true color” images of the Red Planet and beyond. The image of the “door” was captured on May 7, 2022.

This is the full picture of the crack.