A mysterious displaced object, photographed by the Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars, appears to have disappeared. The exact origin of the object remains a mystery to NASA.
A mysterious object that appeared in images taken earlier this month by NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover has disappeared, CNN reports . The object looked like something that had never been seen before on Mars. It was not a rock and looked like Martian noodles or spaghetti.
Images captured by the rover’s hazard avoidance camera (Hazcam) on July 12 clearly show the object. There was no sign of the object four days later.
What it is exactly remains a deep mystery but there is a good chance that the object came from Earth.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory did not confirm where the cord came from, but a spokesperson told Agence France-Presse that “we have discussed where it came from”. However, there has been speculation that it was a piece of parachute cord.
“Note that we do not have confirmation that it is one or the other,” the spokesperson added.
Looking at this image from July 12, 2022, the moved object (in red) can be seen in context with the wheel of the rover. Nasa.
There is some distance between Perseverance’s landing spot in Jezero Crater and the location of the string, so if this is indeed part of the parachute then it’s a big coincidence on Mars .
However, according to CNN, a spokesperson said the wind may have blown the artifact to this location.
Other NASA junk is likely to be found on the surface of Mars. After returning to the location of its initial landing, Perseverance spotted its own parachute in the Martian desert in April.
According to the rover tweet , a piece of thermal blanket discovered in June was found to be from the descent stage.
A GIF showing the item in an image. The following image shows that it has disappeared. Nasa.
Space waste does not only pollute the orbit of the Earth, it is now also found on the surface of other planets, in particular on the Moon.
Currently, the rover is surveying an important site for sample collection. Perseverance explores an ancient river delta in Jezero Crater, a prime location for finding evidence of ancient life. Evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars can likely be found in Jezero if there has been extraterrestrial life on Mars in the past.
Regardless of what Percy photographed on Mars, that’s now gone, and the rover is busy collecting valuable specimens in Jezero Crater. Scientists will study these samples collected by the rover on Earth to see if they contain signs of extraterrestrial life.
Along with its robotic big brother Curiosity, Perseverance will continue to explore the surface of Mars, while both send back images of the planet. Additionally, we’ll be keeping a close eye out for other curious and irrelevant objects on the surface of Mars.
Strange things have been photographed on Mars by rovers in the past. We saw pyramid-like objects, doors, cannonballs, and even crab-like monsters. While these strange discoveries are likely just a figment of our imaginations, we wouldn’t be too surprised if we found evidence of life on Mars, even if it’s primitive.