Mysterious bundle of string on Mars' surface found by Perseverance rover

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A strange photograph of something lying in the crimson sand of Mars was taken by NASA's Perseverance rover: a tangle of string.

On July 12, the front left hazard avoidance camera of the rover captured a picture of the spaghetti-like light-colored object.

The space agency's representatives revealed that they think the object is a string that was left behind following Perseverance's landing.

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According to a Perseverance project representative at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the string might be from the rover or its descent stage

a part akin to a rocket-powered jet pack used to safely drop the rover to the planet's surface.

The official stated that since perseverance had not previously been in that location and that the thread was likely blown there by the wind.

The rover is searching for evidence of microscopic life that may have been on Mars billions of years ago as it is now exploring an ancient delta named Jezero Crater, the spokeswoman added

Perseverance first touched down in this crater on February 18, 2021.

Four days later, Perseverance went back to the spot where the string had been, but it was no longer there.

The rover has encountered debris from its landing on Mars before, and this is not the first time.

An image of a piece of glittering foil was captured by Perseverance's cameras in the middle of June, according to a tweet from the rover's official account

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