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Rover Perseverance makes a surprise find on Mars | Digital Trends Spanish


The Perseverance Rover of the POT recently made a surprise discovery in the planet Marsalthough sadly it’s not the evidence of ancient microbial life that scientists hope to find there.

Because it’s a piece of garbage.

Specifically, the object, pictured below, appears to be a piece of a thermal blanket that was attached to Perseverance’s descent stage. The descent stage was part of the spacecraft that delivered Perseverance to the Martian surface last year before making a controlled crash landing well away from the rover.

The discovery of the shiny piece of aluminum foil is somewhat unexpected as the descent stage dropped more than a mile from the blanket’s current location.

In a series of messages posted to the Perseverance Twitter account this week, the rover’s team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in southern California suggested that it may have drifted there during the phase. landing stage, or been blown to its new location by Martian winds. There is certainly no suggestion that hitherto undiscovered Martians could have had anything to do with it.

“My team has detected something unexpected,” read a message on Perseverance’s Twitter account. “It’s a piece of a thermal blanket that they think may have come from my descent stage, the rocket-powered jet pack that got me going on landing day in 2021.”

My team has spotted something unexpected: It’s a piece of a thermal blanket that they think may have come from my descent stage, the rocket-powered jet pack that set me down on landing day back in 2021. pic.twitter.com/O4rIaEABLu

— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) June 15, 2022

Another post says that thermal blankets protect a spacecraft’s components by regulating temperatures, adding: “It’s a surprise to find this here: my descent stage crashed about 2km away. Did this piece land here after that, or was it blown here by the wind?”

That shiny bit of foil is part of a thermal blanket – a material used to control temperatures. It’s a surprise finding this here: My descent stage crashed about 2 km away. Did this piece land here after that, or was it blown here by the wind? pic.twitter.com/uVx3VdYfi8

— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) June 15, 2022

Another image shows the JPL team wrapping the rover in thermal blankets. “Think of them as spaceship dressmakers,” the message reads, adding, “They work with sewing machines and other tools to put these unique materials together.”

Here’s part of the team at JPL that wrapped me up in thermal blankets. Think of them as spacecraft dressmakers. They work with sewing machines and other tools to piece together these unique materials.

More on that here: https://t.co/CNkUheYFnQ pic.twitter.com/PcMeow3FyO

— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) June 15, 2022

When not stumbling upon landing debris, Perseverance spends most of her time searching for evidence of past life on the red planet, and also collecting rock samples from Mars to return to Earth. She might want to grab that crap too while he’s at it.

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