On July 12, the rover’s front left camera captured a light-colored object that some people compared to spaghetti.
Space agency officials have confirmed that they believe the object is a filament left over from Perseverance’s landing.
According to a spokesman for the Perseverance mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., the rope could be from the rover or its descent stage, a rocket-powered jetpack-like component used to safely lower the rover to the planet’s surface. .
According to a spokesperson, Perseverance had not previously been to the area where the string was found, so it was likely blown there by the wind.
This is not the first time the rover has stumbled upon fragments of material left over from its descent to Mars.
The rover team at NASA is studying the new piece of debris and plans to release more details later this week.