On Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover spotted something unexpected: a kind of bundle of string-like knots. The US space agency is yet to fully explain its origin, although it could simply be the remains of wind-blown debris from its landing.
NASA’s Perseverance rover has discovered a sort of “ball of knots” on Mars. An astonishing find in an area that the rover had not yet explored.
A bundle of yarn on the red planet
The rover discovered this mysterious object in an area of Jezero Crater, thanks to its left front evasive camera. The latter helps him avoid dangerous terrain while navigating the Martian surface.
On the other hand, and as you can imagine, the American space agency does not believe that these threads are extraterrestrial in nature. Instead, they think it might be of a string from the Perseverance landing. As a reminder, in order to land safely on Mars, Perseverance had used a rocket-powered jet pack system.
What is slightly intriguing is that the rover had never been in this area from the crater before. As such, NASA personnel believe these wires may have simply been moved by the wind.
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Not the first object seen by Perseverance
Perseverance made several discoveries during its time on the Martian surface. But this mysterious piece of string found on Mars isn’t the first piece of junk the rover has come across.
Some time ago, the rover discovered “something unexpected”, as the space agency described it. It was debris which actually came from his landing on the Martian surface. NASA has since claimed that this object was most likely the remains of the thermal blanket which helped regulate the rover’s temperature during its journey. Even more astonishing, an optical effect resembling a human silhouette had been seen on the surface of the red planet.
That blanket, and now the mysterious rope found on Mars, has continued to fuel concerns that we might pollute other planets sending them spacecraft and rovers.
We’ve already created a ton of space junk around Earth, so many fear we could cause similar problems when exploring our universe. Of course, this concern is far from unwarranted. But so far, missions to Mars are still few.