The “doorway” on Mars is not for aliens. Here’s how it’s really formed.

The Mars Curiosity rover’s Mast camera captured this intriguing image of the Red Planet on May 7, 2022, showing a “doorway” structure, or Sol 3466 in Mars time. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

No, this is NOT a doorway for Martians. Although the internet broke out Thursday after a photo of NASA’s Curiosity rover appeared to show an “alien door,” experts are pretty sure it’s just a natural feature of the Martian landscape.

“This is a very curious picture,” British geologist Neil Hodgkins, who has studied the geology of Mars, told Live Science. “But in short: it seems to me natural erosion.”

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