By: April Carson
A bundle of string was spotted by the Perseverance rover on Mars, according to NASA. The object was found in a region known as the "clay-bearing unit" and is about 3 feet (1 meter) long.
On July 12, the Opportunity rover's front left hazard avoidance camera snapped a photo of the light-colored thing that some people likened to spaghetti.
Scientists aren't sure what the string is, but they have a few theories. It could be a piece of the rover's equipment that broke off, or it could be a mineral deposit known as "jarosite" that forms in acidic conditions.
The object, NASA officials indicated, is likely a strand from Perseverance's touchdown.
"One possibility is that it is a tether from one of the rover's descent engines," Percy, who wasn't involved in the new research, said in an email. "Another strong possibility is that it is a string of insulation material."
According to a spokesperson for the Perseverance mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the string might be from the rover or its descent stage, which is comparable to a rocket-powered jet pack that is used to safely drop the rover onto the planet's surface.
The string was discovered in a remote region where perseverance had not previously been, so it's likely that the wind carried it there, according to the representative.
The rover, which is currently looking for indications of microorganisms that may have inhabited Mars billions of years ago, is searching for signs of microscopic life at Jezero Crater, the spokesperson said. This crater was where Perseverance first touched down on February 18, 2021.
The front right hazard avoidance camera captured a wider shot of the string (bottom). When Perseverance revisited the site of the string four days later, the thing was no longer there. This isn't the first time that Curiosity has come upon remnants of Martian descent.
According to a tweet from the rover's official account, Perseverance cameras captured a photo of a shiny foil portion in mid-June. The team believed it was a piece of the thermal blanket, which is a thin material that controls temperature, that may have come off during descent stage operation.
NASA's rover team is researching the new flake of debris and will provide more information later this week.
It's not yet clear what the stringy object photographed on Mars is, but it's likely a remnant of the planet's distant past.
This is an exciting discovery for the rover team, as it's the first time that Curiosity has come upon remnants of Martian descent. According to a tweet from the rover's official account, Perseverance cameras captured a photo of a shiny foil portion in mid-June.
Curiosity has been exploring Mars since 2012 and has made several important discoveries about the planet's history and habitability. The rover is currently investigating an area known as Jezero Crater, which scientists believe was once home to a lake billions of years ago.
The Perseverance rover is equipped with powerful cameras and scientific instruments that will help researchers learn more about Mars and its potential for hosting life. So far, the rover has exceeded all expectations, and we can't wait to see what else it finds in the months and years ahead.
If you would like more information about this strange discovery, the study was published on Newsweek.
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