Space & Astronomy
Spaghetti-like object spotted on the surface of Mars
By T.K. Randall
July 16, 2022 · 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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