The Curiosity Rover of NASA has discovered a “Doorway” on Mars.

Date:24 May 2022 Author: Juandre

The Curiosity Mars rover obtained photographs of “East Cliffs,” a mound of rock on Mount Sharp with a crack that looks like an entrance.

On the 3,466th sol, or Martian day, of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover’s mission, the Mast Camera, or Mastcam, captured this mass of rock nicknamed “East Cliffs.” On Mount Sharp, there are several naturally occurring open cracks, including one that is about 12 inches (30 centimeters) tall and 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide, similar in size to a dog door. Both on Earth and on Mars, open cracks of this type are frequent in bedrock.

Curiosity is currently examining a location on Mount Sharp that may contain evidence of a big change in Mars’ early history from wetter to drier conditions.

Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Mast Camera Panorama

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

The main panorama was created by stitching together 113 photos taken using Mastcam’s left lens. The image is processed to simulate the scene’s hue and brightness as seen by a human eye in normal daytime settings on Earth. The panorama shown here was created by stitching together 113 photos from Mastcam’s left lens. The image is processed to simulate the scene’s hue and brightness as seen by a human eye in normal daytime settings on Earth.

Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Doorway Panorama

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

Figure B depicts the same scene as Figure A, the main panorama, but with 114 photos from the right lens and a more detailed view of the top of the mound. In this image, the “door” has been circled.

3D Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Doorway Panorama

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

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

3D Curiosity Mars East Cliffs Door

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

As a 3D anaglyph, Figure D zooms in on the “dog door”-shaped open fracture.

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