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NASA officials and Mars experts dismissed claims that the doorway is evidence of extraterrestrial life and said the formation is an unremarkable, naturally-occurring crevice that matches many others seen around the planet.
At first, it certainly looks like a doorway.
A grainy image captured by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover in May 2022 shows a formation in the planet’s rock that social media users seized on as some kind of alien door, suggesting it shows the presence of life.
"Photo From Mars Curiosity Rover Looks Like We Found a Doorway," reads a headline from a website called the "Good News Network."
"NASA released this photo from the Mars Rover of an apparent doorway on Mars," one Facebook post featuring the image said.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but while NASA did capture the image at the center of this claim, it didn’t find a secret, alien doorway on Mars.
Facebook post, May 13, 2022
NASA, Sol 3466: Mast Camera (Mastcam), May 7, 2022
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, PIA25288: Door-Shaped Fracture Spotted by Curiosity at East Cliffs, May 18, 2022’
Twitter, Curiosity Rover thread, May 18, 2022
Associated Press, Experts: Mars ‘doorway’ just small crevice on barren terrain, May 18, 2022
Email interview, Andrew Good spokesperson for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, May 22-23, 2022
Email interview, William E. Dietrich professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of Berkeley, May 23, 2022
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