Since landing on Mars in 2012, the Curiosity rover has explored the surface of the Red Planet and provided a lot of valuable information about it. It also sends back images and videos to Earth that may sometimes surprise you. Such was the case with the image taken by Mastcam where NASA spotted a door-like formation. Scientists very quickly managed to determine what they really are.

The photo was taken on May 7, 2022, when Curiosity roaming Explore the surface of Mars near a formation called the Eastern Slopes. Scientists were drawn to an unusual crack in the rock, about 12 cm high and 40 cm wide, which, according to NASA, was similar in size to the door of a dog. Experts were quick to point out that this is not unusual, and that this type of open fracture is common in bedrock on the Red Planet and on Earth.

The mysterious “door” on Mars

“Of course it may look like a small door,” the Curiosity X spacecraft team explained in 2022, “but it’s actually a natural geological feature! It may look *like a door only because your brain is trying to make sense of the unknown.” (formerly Twitter). “There are several linear fractures in the mound, but several fractures intersect at this point, allowing the rock to fracture at such sharp angles,” he added.

NASA scientists also noted that the formation could be seen as a door “into the ancient past.” It is of course about being able to better understand the history of the fourth planet from the sun in the solar system. Experts believe that exploring Mars provides an opportunity to find answers to questions about the origin and evolution of life. They think one day red planet It can also become a place where colonies will be established and people will live.

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Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has a similar view. His ambitious plan is to send humans to Mars by 2050 and make humans an interplanetary species. For this purpose, Musk wants to use the Starship spacecraft, which SpaceX has been working on since 2018. The billionaire’s vision assumes the construction of a life-supporting habitat and the conduct of various kinds of experiments on the Red Planet. During one of his speeches, he stated that by 2050 he would like to place a million people on the Red Planet.

Karolina Modzilowska, journalist at Wirtualna Polska

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