NASA Mars rover: A tangled object discovered by NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover has intrigued space watchers, leaving a few to ponder.
WASHINGTON: Is it tumbleweed? A piece of fishing line? Spaghetti?
A tangled object discovered by NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover has intrigued space watchers and left them with some deep thoughts about. The quality of Italian dining on the Red Planet.
But the most likely explanation is more prosaic. It’s probably the remains of a component used to launch. A robotic explorer to the surface of Mars in February 2021.
“We have discussed where it came from, but there has been speculation. That it is a piece of cord from the parachute. Or from the landing system that lowers the rover to the ground,” a spokesman for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory told AFP.
“Note that we are not confirmed to be one or the other,” he added.
It was probably blown away by the wind, like a piece of thermal blanket. That could have come from the rocket landing system seen last month.
For the rover’s noble scientific goals of searching for biological signatures of ancient microbial life forms.
And these items may one day become valuable artifacts for future Mars colonists.
“In a hundred years or so, Martians will be eagerly collecting all this stuff and either displaying it in museums. Or making ‘historical jewelry’ out of it,” amateur astronomer Stuart Atkinson wrote on Twitter.
It serves a different purpose than orbital spacecraft such as the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. A more recent development is the Mars helicopter.
Managed by the US NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, were (in order of date of Mars landing): Sojourner (1997–1997), Opportunity (2004–2018), Spirit (2004–2010), Curiosity (2012– ), and Endurance (2021– ). The sixth, managed by the China National Space Administration, is Zhurong (2021–).
On January 24, 2016, NASA announced that current studies on Mars by Opportunity and Curiosity will look for evidence of ancient life. Including a biosphere based on autotrophic, chemotrophic, or chemolithoautotrophic microorganisms, as well as ancient water, including fluvio-lacustrine environments.
As of July 2022, Curiosity is still active, while Spirit, Opportunity, and Sojourner completed their missions before losing contact. February 18, 2021 Perseverance, America’s newest Mars rover, has successfully landed. On May 14, 2021, China’s Zhurong became the first non-American rover to successfully operate on Mars.