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There’s some good news from Mars, and there’s some odd news from Mars. First, the good news: 카지노사이트 NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully collected its 12th rock core sample, stashing away a tiny bit of the red planet in a tube for safekeeping. Now, for the weird news: the rover team noticed some mysterious objects stuck on the sample system.

As part of its post-sampling routine, the rover takes up-close pictures of some of the sampling system components. “On those images, two small pieces of debris were visible — a small object on the coring bit (stored in the bit carousel) and a small hairline object on the drill chuck,” in a rover update on Friday.

Close up view of tiny thread-like object on drill chuck of Perseverance rover.Close up view of tiny thread-like object on drill chuck of Perseverance rover.

Take a close look at the thread-like piece of debris. It’s not a cat hair.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Red circle by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The hairline object is easy to spot in an image from Aug. 4 as highlighted in the update. It looks like a small loose thread, like something that would unwind from a shirt button. 

Percy’s team is now working on sorting out where the debris came from and 우리카지노 whether it might be from the rover or if it’s leftover from the entry, descent and landing (EDL) system that delivered the rover to Mars in early 2021.


Perseverance has sighted quite a few bits of enigmatic debris, including  but was likely a bit of netting from the EDL that had blown across the landscape from where the landing system crashed down 1.24 miles (2 kilometers) away.

The bit carousel had a previous debris issue at the end of 2021 when some . The team was able to clear the small rocks and 카지노사이트 keep the rover on track with its important sampling work. NASA hopes to with an ambitious return mission that’s still in the development phase and will involve sending a couple new helicopters to Mars.