NASA’s Perseverance rover recently spotted landing debris caught in a jagged rock. It’s thermal material the space agency used to protect the Perseverance spacecraft from extremely dangerous temperatures.
“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,” NASA tweeted from the Perseverance rover account on Wednesday.
“Did this piece land here after that, or was it blown here by the wind?” the space agency wondered.
“This delta is one of the best locations on Mars for the rover to look for signs of past microscopic life,” NASA said.