Surprising discovery: NASA’s rover Perseverance discovered garbage on Mars
The Mars rover “Perseverance” on its mission has discovered a piece of garbage. NASA published a photo on Twitter.
In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, the team on NASA’s Mars rover “Perservance” published a photo and commented that something unexpected had been discovered. A piece of junk, apparently of human creation.
But how does trash get to Mars? NASA’s explanation for the unusual finding: It’s likely a piece of thermal blanket that is said to come from the rocket-powered jetpack that dropped the rover on the Red Planet in 2021. with Thermal blankets are usually temperature controlled.
Trash on Mars: Origins clear, but experts still puzzled
However, NASA experts agree: It’s surprising to find a shiny piece of garbage at this point on Mars. The rock from which the piece of rubbish was found is 2 km away from the original deposition site. Space agency officials are wondering whether it landed there or whether gusts of wind carried it there.
Mars Rover Mission
In February 2021, the “Perseverance” rover landed on Mars. A variety of equipment and other objects were dropped as they came to the surface. Among them was a heat shield, supersonic parachute and rocket-propelled sky crane.
Due to the thin atmosphere of Mars, Mars does not always experience dust storms that can reach about 100 km/h. However, they have less pressure than Earth. The conditions under which dust storms occur on Mars are still being researched. Whether one of these storms carried the foil to this point has not been investigated.
The Persistence rover team probably won’t take long to find out. The NASA rover is currently in the core of its mission and will explore a dry river delta in Jezero Crater. Researchers believe that this river was filled with water 3 billion years ago. “This delta is one of the best places on Mars for the rover to look for signs of microscopic life,” says NASA.
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