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

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover is a car-sized robotic rover that was launched by NASA on November 26, 2011, and successfully landed on Mars on August 6, 2012. The rover was designed to explore the Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission.

Curiosity’s primary mission was to study the Martian environment to determine whether the area selected for the mission, the Gale Crater, ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life. The rover carries a variety of scientific instruments designed for geology, atmosphere, environmental studies, and radiation measurement.

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.

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

  1. 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

  12. I do believe the ancient aliens theory has some stretches but some points are pretty “in your face” and only a simple and closed minded brainwashed fool can deny the ancient transcripts from India ,Native American (of which im half) legends and belief in extraterrestrial life. All sightings, mysteries of humanity and our DNA and our missing link connection, there is also recently leaked F18 super hornet (tic tac) videos the confirmed was authentic. I myself dont 100% know what to believe but i worked at a USAF base in Virginia and ive seen our finest common fighter aircraft, although insanely amazing they do not match in capabilities the ufos or Arial phenomenon i have personally seen in the skies over Maine, and Virginia Beach. Ive seen 3 different accounts of the unexplained and i do believe that if you dont believe we have visitors from wherever Than u are so in denial and believe exactly what you are supposed to. I can only hope that the skeptical people (as i once was) has the same awakening as i did when i saw my first sighting 30 years ago. I always lookup now i am hoping to see anything unnatural again. As many scientists have said,
    “Its human arrogance to think we are alone in the universe!) i mean there is more species found on earth than can be counted so how can we say life is limited to here alone. Nah i think its everywhere and mars was once a rich in life planet as well. Also people argue about why they dont talk to us? Would u explain what you want to do to a ant hill your eradicating not that i assume hostile intentions, but if people are being abducted against their will is that not the exact same thing as hostility. I hope that people can see the governments hand is being forced towards full disclosure thanks to the individuals like the theorists on ancient aliens and all the organizations that investigate the phenomenon. Most countries have already said its a real phenomenon it’s not even possible to deny something is here because it is witnessed by a huge percentage of people. Do i think aliens built the pyramids? No! And I think we should give our ancestors credit they were incredible engineers and able to do way more than we thought they could. Sightings have occurred for millennia and I am shocked that people have been unable able to wrap their empty heads around the fact that we have gone (supposedly) from living in caves 13,000 + years ago to the tech we have now. Imagine a planet around a star that has had intelligent life for 113 million years Imagine what we would have 1 million years from now (if we can stop killing each other) we are one species on a blue gem in space Imagine all we can do with all of us accepting our neighbors and fellow human beings. After All the different species reported visiting us is not going to come forward to open the line of communication with the universe if we cant even get along with each other. Cant blame them. Like Ronald Regan said,
    “Perhaps we need some outside universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.” then he said is there not already that threat upon us. Hopefully we can unite before that happens because any aliens capable of getting here would wipe us out in a blink, we wouldn’t have a like a tank vs a snail.
    Alright I have said more than I need to. Ill leave you with look up pay attention and cameras are everywhere so its easier to spot ufos if they appear.

  13. Nice cross-bedding!

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