It’s not a stairway to heaven – it’s a doorway on Mars.
The picture of what seems to be a symmetrical, hand-hewn Martian portal, captured Might 7 by NASA’s Curiosity rover, has ignited a cosmic array of hypothesis, conspiracy theories and desires of clever life on the purple planet.
“For those who zoom in all the way in which you’ll be able to see Matt Damon crouching contained in the doorway,” noted one sensible man on Reddit.
In actuality, “it’s simply the area between two fractures in a rock,” Mars Science Laboratory venture scientist Ashwin Vasavada told tech site Gizmodo on Friday, including “we’ve been traversing via an space that has fashioned from historic sand dunes.” These dunes cement collectively via the eons, creating rocky outcrops, whereas shifting sands would reveal totally different pictures of the planet’s floor over time.
The doorway would have been carved by very tiny Martians: the rocky fracture is just a foot tall, Vasavada mentioned.
His Debbie Downer assertion has not dimmed the Martian rumor mill.
“So what if it’s just a few inches? How do we all know what dimension our overlords will really be?” one conspiracy theorist posted on Reddit.
“I believe what we’ve right here [is] both two vertical fractures, the place the center piece has been eliminated, or one vertical fracture, and the blocks have moved aside somewhat bit,” Vasavada mentioned.
The planetary portal is simply the most recent in a protracted record of familiar-looking objects area fanatics have seen on Mars. Previous photographs of its panorama have revealed pictures of spoons, squirrels, campfires and girls carrying clothes, Gizmodo reports.