NASA's Perseverance rover captured an unusual image of an object on Mars
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 23 July 2022, at 08:50 am Los Angeles time
NASA's Perseverance rover captured an unusual image of an object on the red soil of Mars: a ball of string.
One of the rover's cameras captured the image of the light-colored object on July 12, and many people said it looked like spaghetti.
However, space agency officials believe it is a string that fell on the red planet's surface when the Perseverance rover landed.
The string may have come from the rover's descent stage, according to a spokesperson for the Perseverance mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The rover has not traveled to the area where the string was found, so the wind likely blew it there, the spokesman said.
Perseverance is currently exploring Jezero Crater and looking for signs of life on Mars several billion years ago.
When Perseverance again passed the spot where he had photographed the string, after 4 days, it had disappeared.
This is not the first time that the rover has come across pieces of material left over from its landing on Mars.
Last month, the team behind the Perseverance rover announced on Twitter that it had spotted what appeared to be a piece of the thermal blanket used to protect the rover from the extreme temperatures it experienced during the landing.
"It was a surprise to find this here," given that the robot's descent stage took place about 2 km away, the team wrote. "Did this piece land here or was it blown by the wind?"
This isn't the only piece of junk discovered on Mars. In April, the Ingenuity helicopter captured an image of man-made space junk - the landing gear that helped both the helicopter and the Perseverance rover reach Mars.