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Rover Curiosity’s photo


And it’s not even a door, though it sparks the imagination: it’s a cove in the rocks that was captured near Mount Sharp.


Photo taken on May 7 by Mastcam of Curiosity as it climbs to

Mount Sharp

during SOL 3466 for the rover: Sol are Martian days (about 39 minutes longer than Earth days) and are used for probes landing on planets to calculate the elapsed time from the start of the mission.

“It’s just the space between two fractures in a rock,” he said. Gizmodo Scientist Ashwin Vasavada, who is part of the Mars Science Laboratory project, the Curiosity Project. Vasavada also explained that the aspect ratio of the image has been deceptive ever since

The crack is about a foot high

. The landscape shown by the rover consists of ancient sand dunes, which have solidified over time, giving rise to many prominent outcrops.


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