NASA's Curiosity rover just spotted an alien-looking doorway on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has spotted a peculiar sight on the planet, shaped like a doorway, possibly from a shear fracture.

Published May 13, 2022 4:32 AM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Jun 2 2022 5:20 AM CDT
2 minutes & 1 second read time

NASA's Curiosity rover took the new image at the Greenheugh Pediment on Mars.

NASA's Curiosity rover just spotted an alien-looking doorway on Mars 03 |

Curiosity captured the image with its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 3466 of its mission at 07:58:16 UTC on May 7th, 2022. The photo appears to feature a perfectly excavated doorway in the side of the Martian landscape. The above panorama image is a composite made from individual shots taken by Curiosity in the same area on the 3466th Martian day of its mission.

Reddit users have been quick to point out the spectacle is more likely a shear fracture, resulting when a strain in the rocks causes part of it to break off. Such a fracture may be due to temblors, or Marsquakes. Only days before the image was taken, on May 4th, 2022, NASA's Insight Mars Lander recorded a magnitude 5 Marsquake, the largest ever detected on the planet.

Though the "doorway" is likely a benign geological feature, its certainly not the first extraterrestrial object to be spotted that appears similar to structures created by humans or other sentient life. You can see the full-size original image and others from Curiosity's cameras here.

NASA's Curiosity rover just spotted an alien-looking doorway on Mars 02 |

Adam's Top 3 Recommended Articles:

Read more: Crazy video shows a test vehicle catapulted toward space at 1,000+ mph

Read more: New DARPA hypersonic missile prototype test flew 5x the speed of sound

Read more: Takers of the first-ever black hole photo have a massive announcement

Buy at Amazon

Mars Perseverance Rover Dare Mighty Things Landing Timeline T-Shirt

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
* Prices last scanned on 10/5/2022 at 5:41 am CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Adam grew up watching his dad play Turok 2 and Age of Empires on a PC in his computer room, and learned a love for video games through him. Adam was always working with computers, which helped build his natural affinity for working with them, leading to him building his own at 14, after taking apart and tinkering with other old computers and tech lying around. Adam has always been very interested in STEM subjects, and is always trying to learn more about the world and the way it works.

Newsletter Subscription

    Related Tags

    Newsletter Subscription
    Latest News
    View More News
    Latest Reviews
    View More Reviews
    Latest Articles
    View More Articles
    Partner Content
    Advertise With Us