A photograph taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars that looks like a door cut along a cliff is actually just annoying old decay, scientists have explained, after speculating that the squared-off structure was created by an alien species.
A rectangular hole that was photographed last week by the rover appears to have been actually made “Normal geological processes,” Sanjeev Gupta, a professor at Imperial College, told the Daily Telegraph, pointing to a rock crack that he said could happen at any time in the last several hundred million years.
Perhaps more importantly – for people looking for that eternally elusive proof of extraterrestrial life, at least – “Door” Quite small, so much so that if an entity made its home there, it probably wouldn’t pose too much of a threat to humans. Planetary geologist Nicholas Mangold calculated Alkov’s height to be less than three feet, when experts spoke “Verify information” Site snoops claim it is even smaller, about 30cm by 45cm.
The photo was taken by Curiosity on May 7 and went viral on Thursday when people began to speculate that the square-off area resembled a door. Without any reference point to how long the opening actually is, it certainly looks like one. Even British geologist Neil Hodgkins has said it “A very intriguing picture” Before admitting it “Look[ed] Like natural decay “ Him.
Geologist Dr. blamed “Winds of Mars” To erode the exposed horizontal layers on the surface and point where they intersect with natural vertical cracks, indicating that the image is visible “A big rock [having] Fell under his weight “ From the gravity of Mars, leaving the hole behind which has attracted so much attention. The stone in question can be seen on the right “Door” In the photo.
Far from the evidence of alien life, then, the door “Everything is very natural and like the outcrop you will see in many dry places of the world,” The scientist said.
Curiosity rovers and Ingenuity Mars helicopters have been exploring and photographing Mars since last February. They are also collecting samples and plan to spend at least two years in the Jejiro Crater area of the Red Planet.