The mission of Perseverance rover on Mars continues to give surprises, since the twelfth extraction of rock samples, now detected a kind of hair entangled in the extraction tubes.
The POT via Art Thompson, Project Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, commented on the new finding:
“In those images, two small pieces of debris were visible: a small object in the drill bit (stored in the drill carousel) and a small hairline object on the drill chuck. The team is now investigating the origin of the debris, and whether it originated from the rover or from external debris from the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) system that was jettisoned early in the mission.”
Percy’s team is now working to sort out where the debris came from and whether it could be from the rover or left over from the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) system that delivered the rover to Mars in early 2021.