Ovi to Mars? Perspective and geology explain the sonar image

An image recorded by the U.S. Space Agency’s (NASA) Curiosity spacecraft on Mars revealed an unusual formation that aroused the curiosity of Reddit users.

The topic of the social network questioned whether it would be the “door” that would prove the existence of extraterrestrial life on a neighboring planet. The similarity sparked discussion online, but the opportunity was soon ruled out.

In a conversation with The Daily Telegraph in the British newspaper, Professor Sanjeev Gupta of Imperial College London, who has worked on the mission that led Curiosity to Mars, explained that the “door” shown in the picture is just a geological process.

“That crack is a fracture. Such fractures abound on Mars and Earth,” he explained. He analyzed the image at the request of the newspaper and confirmed that this is only a “normal geological process” in the area.

The expert also said that in this case, perspective must be taken into account and Curiosity researchers emphasized the size of the “door” when the image was released.

“They stressed how small the fractures were, 30 to 45 inches,” he said.

A journey of curiosity

The space robot landed at Gale Crater in August 2012 to find out if there is microbial life in the area.

Since then, it has traveled more than 27.14 km on Mars. Curiosity found that Galessa actually hosted a potentially habitable lake and creek system in the distant past.

Since September 2014, Curiosity has climbed a mountain called Mount Sharp. In practice, the walker analyzes the rock layers and looks for clues to the climate change that took place on Mars from the hot, humid planet to the cold desert that is today.

“The investigation seems to have worked,” Good said. The task force recently began taking bike inspections every 3,300 feet, equivalent to 1,000 meters of terrain, instead of the normal 1,600 feet (500 meters).

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