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Spaghetti-like object spotted on the surface of Mars

By T.K. Randall
July 16, 2022 · Comment icon 22 comments

This object is definitely not native to Mars. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
NASA's Perseverance rover captured an image of something rather unusual on the Martian surface this week.
At a glance, this picture of a spaghetti-like object sitting on the Red Planet's dusty surface could easily be mistaken for something that you might find at the bottom of the ocean, however in this particular case, the object discovered by the rover is definitely not evidence of ancient extraterrestrial life.

Instead, what Perseverance has found is further evidence that even Mars is not immune to the problem of space debris.

Recently NASA released images showing parts of the spacecraft's thermal blanket strewn across the surface and this latest find is likely to be another piece of that same debris.
It looks a lot like a tangle of string or fibers and that's pretty much exactly what it is.

While it's interesting to see where the debris from the spacecraft and landing mechanism has landed, it does raise the question of whether we should be leaving these objects all over the surface.

Earth's orbit is already filled with space debris and we've also left our mark on the Moon.

It seems that we are destined to leave our trash behind pretty much everywhere we go.

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Comment icon #13 Posted by Trelane 2 years ago
It's aliens, get over it.
Comment icon #14 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
Those are Darth Vader's laces.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Timothy 2 years ago
The CNET article in Op? Yes it did: ‘This image from July 12, 2022, puts the spaghetti-shaped object (circled in red) in perspective with the rover's wheel and the end of its robotic arm. It looks like a good-size forkful.’ So it’s probably around 5cm or something. Not big anyway. For perspective, the rover’s wheels are 52.5cm in diametre.
Comment icon #16 Posted by NCC1701 2 years ago
Woke woke woke
Comment icon #17 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
oh, yeah. that's a space vine alien. they're harmless.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Alchopwn 2 years ago
Ba-BOOM-tish!   I see what you did there  
Comment icon #19 Posted by Portre 2 years ago
Thanks.  I'm not familiar with this unit of measurement but I'm guessing more than a smidge but less than a glob. 
Comment icon #20 Posted by Hyperionxvii 2 years ago
It looks like a strand of some type of fiber. Maybe one of the NASA scientists snagged their sweater on something while building the rover? That thing is most definitely terrestial in origin, I mean from Earth. 
Comment icon #21 Posted by Timothy 2 years ago
Italy was p*ssed off when ‘a good-size forkful’ was not accepted as an official SI unit of measurement. Yes probably because a smidge and glob already had it covered…
Comment icon #22 Posted by Portre 2 years ago
Spot on

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