While exploring the bottom of the Lake crater, the rover stumbled upon an object of non-Martian origin.
NASA’s Perseverance rover, which has been exploring the Red Planet since February 2021, continues to make discoveries on the surface of the neighboring planet. This time, the discovery was made in the Lake Lake crater, where the rover found a piece of shiny material stuck between two rocks. It is reported by Space.com.
The debris found by the rover is not native to the Red Planet, the Perseverance apparatus brought it from Earth.
“Our team has discovered something unexpected: a piece of thermal insulation that was part of the landing system that allowed the rover to successfully land on the surface back in 2021,” members of the Perseverance team wrote on Twitter.
“The shiny piece of foil is part of a thermal blanket used to control temperature. Surprisingly, this klaptik was found 2 km away from the site where the rover’s descent stage crashed. I wonder if this piece originally fell into this region or was it brought here by the wind?”, added NASA staff.
The agency emphasizes that this is not the first time that parts of terrestrial equipment fall into the lenses of the vehicles. A few months ago, an Ingenuity helicopter took a picture of the protective hull of the Perseverance rover torn to shreds. Later, Perseverance himself took an interesting picture, a parachute hit his lens, on which the rover descended to the Red Planet.
Such snapshots of the equipment help engineers evaluate the state of the equipment after landing, which will help in the development of future Martian missions, according to NASA scientists.
As you know, Perseverance on Mars is looking for signs of ancient life and collects soil samples for subsequent shipment to Earth. Scientists believe that billions of years ago, a lake and a river delta were located in the Lake Lake crater, which is why this region was chosen for research.
The Perseverance rover has already taken many interesting photos on Mars, some of them even went viral. For example, recently a real sensation on the Web was caused by a photograph that allegedly depicted a “dungeon door” on Mars. True, in reality, no “dungeon” was found on the Red Planet.