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Nasa discovers a bizarre convoluted object on Mars and offers no explanation

Image of the surface of Mars shows a strange, spaghetti-like object (Credit: Nasa/JPL-Caltech)

Image of the surface of Mars shows a strange, spaghetti-like object (Credit: Nasa/JPL-Caltech)

It seems like there is no shortage of strange sights on Mars.

The latest enigmatic image bounced back from the Red Planet shows a strange, confused object lying in the dust.

If you saw the same thing on Earth you would probably think it was some kind of sea creature, a piece of string, or even discarded spaghetti.

The object was captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover Exploring the surface of Mars since February 2021.

The experts’ best guess is that it is in fact debris from the Perseverence landing last year.

Other pieces of debris have already been spotted by the rover as it rolled around Mars’ Jezero Crater. Last month, it notably caught sight of a piece of thermal blanket wedged against a rock.

Perseverance is currently searching for rock samples that could be sent back to Earth for analysis.

Over the course of several years, Perseverance will collect and store up to 30 rock and soil samples, which will eventually be sent back to NASA on a one-way ticket.

Its top speed is 152 meters per hour (about 0.1 miles per hour) – sluggish by Earth standards but faster than any of its predecessors as it traverses first the delta, then the ancient lake shore, and finally the rims of Jezero Crater.

The rover could bring the samples back as part of a planned joint NASA-European Space Agency mission in the 2030s.

“The scientists who will analyze these samples are in school today, they may not even be born yet,” noted Ken Farley, a NASA scientist, last year.

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover snapped a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 12 feet (3.9 meters) from the rover. This image was captured on April 6, 2021 by the WATSON camera on the rover's robotic arm.

NASA’s Perseverance Rover on the surface of Mars. (Image credit: Nasa)

This image of the space spaghetti was taken in front of the rover with its onboard equipment Front right hazard avoidance camera A.

According to Nasa, the image was taken on July 12, 2022 (Sol 495) at local mean solar time of 16:56:25. But the space agency did not comment on what the object might be,

Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

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