NASA’s Curiosity Rover Spots a “Doorway” on Mars

Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Door Circle

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover captured images of a mound of rock on Mount Sharp called “East Cliffs” that features a fracture that resembles a doorway. Because of its small size — about 12 inches by 16 inches — some call it a “dog door.” Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Door-Shaped Fracture Spotted by Curiosity at ‘East Cliffs’

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used its Mast Camera, or Mastcam, to capture this mound of rock nicknamed “East Cliffs” on May 7, 2022, the 3,466th sol, or Martian day, of the mission. The mound, on Mount Sharp, has a number of naturally occurring open fractures – including one roughly 12 inches (30 centimeters) tall and 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide, similar in size to a dog door. These kinds of open fractures are common in bedrock, both on Earth and on Mars.

Curiosity is currently investigating a region on Mount Sharp that may hold evidence of a major change from wetter to drier conditions in Mars’ early history.

Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Mast Camera Panorama

Figure A. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The main panorama included here was stitched together using 113 images from Mastcam’s left lens. The image is processed to approximate the color and brightness of the scene as it would look to the human eye under normal daytime conditions on Earth.

Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Doorway Panorama

Figure B. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Figure B is the same scene as Figure A, the main panorama, but captured using 114 images from the right lens and showing the top of the mound more thoroughly. The “door” has been circled in this image.

3D Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Doorway Panorama

Figure C. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Figure C is the same right-lens view panorama as Figure B, but as a 3D anaglyph viewable with red-blue glasses.

3D Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Door

Figure D. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Figure D is zoomed in on the “dog door”-shaped open fracture, as a 3D anaglyph.

3D Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Door Annotated

Figure E. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Figure E is the same 3D anaglyph as Figure D, but with annotations indicating the approximate width, height, and depth of the open fracture.

NASA Curiosity Mars Rover

A low-angle self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity was built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which leads the mission on behalf of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates Mastcam.

11 Comments on "NASA’s Curiosity Rover Spots a “Doorway” on Mars"

  1. Mike Kobane | May 23, 2022 at 3:06 pm | Reply

    Does the door have an insignis of a “Y” on it? If so, it could be the lair of the ever-knowing know-it-all, Yogurt! May the Schwartz be with you!

  2. Nicholas meade hh the graint geogew ab living king tut | May 23, 2022 at 9:50 pm | Reply

    Could be hearted when rain for 40day and 40 nights rib in middle of rib jelly fish here sound so does plazalies people ratle had needs in it out some thing under door and put a offin like blood under door to see what happens when there remove my heart on 40 daysni e sanfo cave no one

  3. Ken & Judy O'Neill | May 23, 2022 at 11:42 pm | Reply

    This is not a “knock knock ” joke is it NASA.?
    We know you folks like to joke around a little.

  4. Yo this comment section nuts

  5. Keep doing what you doing keep searching you’ll find more may seem scary but it’s real if the robot goes out for any reason they know that you are there and they will get rid of it as soon as possible so Eva send something in there or avoid the whole thing all together. into humans can get there

  6. The idiots on Ancient Aliens are going to have a field day with this.

  7. How tall was Marvin the Martian?

  8. You should be ashamed of yourselves for continuing to endorse the lies that this organization spews out . Mars is actually Devon Island in Canada. Heres a link so you can see the proof for yourself and you may be able to look it up on google maps.

  9. Obviously another prof that aliens exists.:))))))

  10. Nice Pictures.

    Rethinking Images , to make the imaged information useful is suggested.

    Keep Space and Matter in Perspective when building the Rosetta Stone for deciphering images. On a Planet Space is not as dominant as it is in the distances between Planets and Stars.

    Views expressed are personal and not binding on anyone.

  11. Man I see whole cities stop it lol it’s a lot of civilians in mars

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