Here is the very best proof I’ve ever seen for water on Mars: NASA’s Perseverance rover got here throughout a tangled mess of string on Mars, which seems to be like snarled fishing line left behind by a pissed off angler. The place there’s fishing, there’s gotta be water, proper?
Really, this tiny piece of trash is probably going one thing left over from Perseverance’s parachute, or descent stage, and even the backshell, which all labored in tandem to deliver the rover safely to the floor of Mars again in February of 2021.
Our lead picture is a closeup view of the tangled string with Perseverance’s onboard Entrance Proper Hazard Avoidance Digital camera A. You’ll be able to see how tiny the string is on this picture beneath, evaluating it to the rover’s wheel and finish of the rover’s robotic arm.
The arm’s “turret” is touching a rock from which the rover’s drill had seemingly simply taken a pattern. The turret is sort of a hand that carries scientific cameras, mineral and chemical analyzers for finding out the previous habitability of Mars, and for selecting probably the most scientifically helpful pattern to cache for future attainable pattern return to Earth.
Very seemingly, the Martian wind blew the string near the rover. And like a tumbling tumbleweed, the string has now moved on, as by only a few days later, the string is lacking from the scene.
Perseverance has discovered a number of objects left over from the touchdown, together with its personal parachute, and the Ingenuity helicopter flew over and snapped photographs of the smashed backshell.
Frightened about all of the trash left behind by the rover? Do not be, says our pal and picture enhancing specialist Stuart Atkinson. “In 100 years or so, Martians can be eagerly gathering up all these items and both placing it on show in museums or making it into “historic jewellery”, like we do with fossils, amber, and meteorites.
Martian tumbleweed? No. Extra “stuff” from the Perseverance rover’s descent stage or backshell that has been blown near the rover by the whispering martian wind. If you happen to’re nervous about this being litter, do not be… pic.twitter.com/VwgO0z0oFO
— Stuart Atkinson (@mars_stu) July 13, 2022
Discover out extra concerning the proposed pattern return mission in a latest article on UT by Laurence Tognetti, discussing how Perseverance is presently on the lookout for touchdown website for such a mission.