How the ‘spaghetti’ on Mars was finally solved
The curious case of the ‘spaghetti’ on Mars has finally been solved! A NASA camera captured strange formations on the Martian surface that turned out to be caused by errant sunlight reflecting off a rock surface. This provides some relief for the team at NASA who had been scratching their heads over the strange sighting for months!
Although the team was initially perplexed by the sighting, they eventually realized that the formation was caused by sunlight reflecting off a rock surface.
This discovery is a relief for the team at NASA, who have been working hard to solve the curious case of the ‘spaghetti’ on Mars. Although the cause of the formation was ultimately mundane, it is still an intriguing mystery that has been solved by the dedicated team at NASA.
Turns out that the explanation is much more straightforward.
The stringlike material recently discovered on Mars by the Perseverance rover is “likely a piece of shredded Dacron netting,” according to NASA. Dacron is a polyester-like material used to protect spacecraft from the extreme temperatures of planets like Mars.
The discovery of the shredded netting suggests that the Perseverance rover encountered significant forces during its descent onto the Martian surface. In a blog post last week, Justin Maki, Imaging Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explained that the material is most likely a piece of netting from one of the rover’s thermal blankets.
The fact that the netting has been ‘unravelled’ suggests that it was subject to considerable stress during the landing process. However, despite this evidence of damage, the Perseverance rover appears to be functioning normally and is already sending back valuable data about Mars.
“Martian tumbleweed? No. More “stuff” from the Perseverance rover’s descent stage or backshell that has been blown close to the rover by the whispering martian wind. If you’re worried about this being litter, don’t be… “