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Perseverance finds a piece of wire on Mars

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There are many uncertaintiesa NASA spokesperson told AFP.

But the most plausible explanation is actually quite down to earth: according to some hypotheses, it could be pieces of the rope connecting the rover to the parachute which was used to slow its descent during its landing. Or to the one used to lower it during the last meters (a stage called skycrane).

Perseverance has already come face to face several times with the equipment that allowed it to land on Mars.

In June, another photo showed what at first glance looks like a piece of aluminum foil, wedged between two red stones. It was actually a piece of thermal insulation from the robot’s descent stage.

It can be assumed that these small pieces of debris were moved by the wind after landingcommented the NASA spokesperson.

And they are probably still moving: a few days after the photo of the wires, the robot went back to the same place, but they had disappeared.

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These images were captured by the robot in the delta of an ancient river, which scientists believe flowed into a huge lake billions of years ago, and where Perseverance searches for traces of ancient life.

Instead of the lake today: Jezero Crater, where Perseverance landed in February 2021.

It was in this crater that he was able to photograph, in April, the parachute itself.

The small helicopter on board for the trip, called Ingenuity, for its part captured even more impressive images in flight: not only the parachute, but also the rear shield which contained the latter before its deployment.

A pile of material on the surface of Mars

Image of the Perseverance shield taken at an altitude of 8 meters by the Ingenuity helicopter during its 26th flight to Mars, April 19, 2022.

Photo: NASA

The shield appears heavily damaged by the impact suffered when touching the ground, after having fulfilled its mission.

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Deciphering these images can help enable safer landings in the futureNASA commented at the time.

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