NASA’s Perseverance rover has discovered an unusual object lying in the red sand of Mars. The image taken by the rover seems to show a bundle of string resting on the Martian surface. Officials at NASA confirmed that they believe the object is a string left over from Perseverance’s landing.
They said the string could be from the rover or its descent stage, a component similar to a rocket powered jet pack. According to a spokesperson for the Perseverance mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, it is used to safely lower the rover to the planet’s surface.
The rover has never been in the area where the string was so the spokesperson believed the wind blew it there. It is currently exploring an ancient delta called Jezero Crater. The rover is looking for signs of microscopic life that may have called Mars home billions of years ago.
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