By Dean Murray via SWNS
Is there life on Mars?
NASA's Perseverance rover sparked interest this week when it spotted an apparently manufactured silver object on the Red Planet.
However, the U.S. space agency has quickly dampened conspiracy theorist’s excitement by claiming it is debris from the rover’s landing equipment.
Although, they have conceded it is a mystery how the "thermal blanket" appeared 2km (6,561 feet) away from where the descent happened.
Speaking in the first-person, the rover announced Wednesday June, 15: “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.
“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?”
NASA also produced a photograph of what appears to be the same material on Earth.
They explained: “Here’s part of the team at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory ) 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.”
The find has not gone down well with some humans.
Social media user Gerald commented: “Humans leave garbage wherever they go. Mars was not going to be an exception,” while another posted: “So it’s not enough to trash the earth, we’re littering on other planets now. This can’t possibly backfire.”
NASA's Perseverance rover's mission is to look for signs of past microbial life, cache rock and soil samples, and prepare for future human exploration.
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