The Perseverance rover recently collected the 12th sample of rock from the surface of Mars. This small loan is put into a tube to be protected and then sorted into a sampling system.
As part of its collection routine, the rover takes in some components of the sampling system, just to monitor that everything is going according to procedure. During one of these videos, NASA scientists noticed something strange, “something” that stuck with perseverance.
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“In those images, two small pieces of debris were visible: a small object on the drill bit and a small thin object on the drill chuck,” wrote Art Thompson, project manager for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
If you look at the picture it looks more like a thread or a twig. The second hypothesis must be ruled out, or else it would be a shocking discovery. But this cannot be the case. However, the first hypothesis, the thread, is more likely.
Some time ago, the Mars rover found pieces of plastic and the remains of a parachute that landed on the planet, which was then swept away by the wind. Could it be debris stuck in the car?
The rover takes multiple photos of its equipment from different angles and also takes a closer look at the surrounding terrain where the sample was collected. Thompson said more imaging and diagnostic activities could take place earlier this week as NASA tries to understand the nature of the wreck.
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