Fact check: NASA locates a strange-shaped rock on Mars, but it's not an alien doorway

Fact check: NASA locates a strange-shaped rock on Mars, but it's not an alien doorway ...

A photo taken by NASA''s Curiosity rover has been doing the rounds on social media and has piqued the interest of the public. At first glance, the image appears to show a doorway, and the surroundings look like a wall. So, have we found something on Mars? Let''s look back.

NASA''s Mars rover Curiosity made its return to the Red Planet on its mission day Sol 3466, the rover''s mast camera (Mastcam) revealed the image, which was later shared by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), exactly as it does with all other images.

Where is NASA''''s Curiosity Rover now?

When there is something so intriguing in a picture, one really wants to know where it was created. Curiosity is currently near Mount Sharp, not quite far from the Gale Crater, where it was discovered back in 2012.

As part of its planning to scale Mount Sharp, Curiosity has carefully examined the mountain and its surrounding as a result of its impressive heights.

Yes, you read it right. A man-made rover on another planet, trying to scale one of the mountains there. That''s what Curiosity is.

The image is one of the many photographs the rover has taken as part of its preparation to understand the mountainous surface better.

Is it a doorway then?

Because what was posted on social media is one of the most detailed map of the terrain that the rover has taken, and it is used with other such zoomed-in images to create a high-definition mosaic.

In a letter to Snopes, a JPL spokesperson told him that what appears to be a doorway is actually a crevice on a Martian rock. According to their estimates, the crevice is roughly 11 inches wide and 17 inches across (30 cm X 45 cm), which is relatively small for a doorway.

The artificial wall is composed of linear fractures on the surface, not the creation of an alien life form.

Despite the fact that the image does not appear to be false, it does not have the benefit of being taken at the same time.

The next thing we can get excited about is when Curiosity scales the Martian mountain.

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