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NASA has stumbled across an “unexpected” shiny object on Mars as the space agency’s Perseverance rover spotted the metal foil-like item during a routine wander.
But before you start speculating about aliens, the truth behind is a lot closer to home.
It turns out the material is one of NASA’s own.
Experts revealed the “surprise” finding on Twitter and say it appears to be a piece of a thermal blanket. They think it may have been from when Perseverance descended onto the Red Planet back in 2021.
More specifically, it may be from the rocket-powered jet pack. Zooming in on the image shows tiny dots which are normal for a thermal blanket.
NASA said they’re certain it’s part of a thermal blanket but are less sure about which part of the spacecraft.
“Less definite is which part of the spacecraft it came from – the team thinks the descent stage is a good possibility – or how exactly it got here,” explained Andrew Good from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).