Posted on 06/17/2022 22:13 / Updated on 06/17/2022 22:15
(credit: reproduction / NASA)
Persistence robots found “something unusual” on the surface of Mars, according to the US space agency NASA. A silver piece of trash stuck between rocks caught the attention of those responsible for the mission, who said they believed it was a thermal blanket used to protect the device during landing.
But what impressed the scientists was that the material they found was 2 km from the instrument’s landing site, and the robot has been walking on the planet’s surface for a year. It is not known whether the material fell there and stayed there or was pushed by the winds.
The official Perseverance account tweeted, “My team found something unexpected: this is a piece of a thermal blanket they think may have come from my descent stage, the rocket-powered jetpack that lifted me off on landing day in 2021. “
My team has noticed something unexpected: It’s a piece of a thermal blanket they think may have come from my descent stage, the rocket-powered jet pack that set me back on landing day in 2021. pic.twitter.com/O4rIaEABLu
— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) 15 June 2022
NASA’s Mars Exploration Program mission seeks to understand the evolution of the planet and the processes that have shaped the surface of Mars over the years, as well as to assess the possibility that, at some point in history, living beings will be there. may be present.
Such research could help in future manned visits to the Red Planet.