NASA’s Perseverance rover is yet to find the signs of ancient microbial life that it is searching for on Mars, but it did spot a piece of its own landing gear on the red planet this week.
“It’s a piece of a thermal blanket that they think may have come from my descent stage, the rocket-powered jetpack that set me down on landing day back in 2021,” the team back on Earth tweeted Wednesday.
The Ingenuity helicopter that accompanied Perseverance to Mars spotted the crashed backshell and parachute last month from when the spacecraft landed in February 2021.
Social media ignited last month when Perseverance captured an image of a “doorway” cut into rock, but NASA later explained that it’s just a naturally occurring crevice in the terrain.
A device onboard the rover called the SHERLOC uses cameras, spectrometers, and a laser to analyze samples, but NASA hopes to one day bring the samples back to Earth for more in-depth study.
source: Fox News