This is not the stairway to heaven – it is the door to Mars.
The image of a symmetrical, hand-sculpted Martian portal captured by NASA’s Curiosity rover on May 7 has ignited a cosmic chain of speculation, conspiracy theories and dreams of intelligent life on the Red Planet.
“If you zoom in all the way you can see Matt Damon leaning inside the door,” said a wise man on Reddit.
In fact, “it’s just the space between two fractures in a rock,” Mars Science Laboratory project scientist Ashwin Vasavada told tech site Gizmodo on Friday, “we’re walking through an area that was made up of ancient sand dunes. is.” Those mounds cement together through eons, creating rocky outcrops, while moving sand reveals different images of the planet’s surface over time.
Vasavada said the gate may have been carved by much smaller Martians: the rocky fracture is only a foot long.
His Debbie Downer statement hasn’t dimmed the Martian rumor mill.
“So what if it’s only a few inches? How do we know what size our overlords will actually be?” Posted by a conspiracy theorist on reddit.
“I think what we have here [is] Either two vertical fractures, where the middle piece has been removed, or one vertical fracture, and the blocks are slightly separated,” Vasavada said.
The Planet Portal is the latest in a long list of familiar-looking objects sighted by space enthusiasts on Mars. Previous photos of its landscape have revealed images of spoonbills, squirrels, campfires and dressed women, reports Gizmodo.