New discovery on Mars piques the interest of scientists

New discovery on Mars piques the interest of scientists

New discovery on Mars piques the interest of scientists

The shiny aluminum sheet is part of a thermal blanket used to protect the robot and control the temperature.

Photo: Copy/Twitter NASA

The shiny aluminum sheet is part of a thermal blanket used to protect the robot and control the temperature. (Photo: Copy/Twitter NASA)

NASA has announced that its Perseverance rover has discovered “something unusual” on the surface of Mars.

Scientists at the agency believe it is a piece of aluminum foil that is part of a thermal blanket used to protect the robot before it lands on the Red Planet.

What makes this unusual, according to NASA, is that the material was found about 2 kilometers from the Perseverance landing site.

“The piece landed here after that [do impacto], or was it blown away by the wind? ”, NASA asked.

The atmosphere of Mars is thin, mainly composed of carbon dioxide, argon, nitrogen and a small amount of oxygen. Winds from strong dust storms on Earth can cause gusts of more than 90 kilometers per hour, according to NASA.

The robot landed in February 2022 in Jezero Crater, an area that was once a lake for billions of years.

The purpose of the project is not only to better understand star formation and early evolution, but also to analyze the history of the geological processes that have shaped Mars over time and to scientifically explain the planet’s potential to harbor life.

In addition, the mission is designed to help understand Martian geoscience, which is critical in preparing for a possible crewed trip to Mars.

Since the Perseverance rover arrived on the red planet, the NASA robot has taken several curious photos.

NASA and Musk

If the next rocket to launch explodes, SpaceX could do serious damage to NASA’s only route to space. Billionaire Elon Musk’s company has amassed a string of unsuccessful tests that have led to previous explosions.

NASA shares the same fear, and according to space operations chief Kathy Lueders, repeated launch failures could be “devastating.” That’s because the Starship spacecraft must leave Launch Complex 39A in Florida, the only way American astronauts can get to the International Space Station. “We all recognize that if you have an early failure on SpaceX’s first flight, it’s going to be devastating for the 39A,” he said.

Musk wants to show customers that what he believes is a human-to-Mars interstellar spacecraft can successfully enter orbit, a major milestone in rocket development but has faced long delays.

However, the plan could take longer to materialize, as NASA wants SpaceX to ensure that its plans to launch spacecraft don’t jeopardize the agency’s infrastructure.

By contrast, proposals from Musk’s company to address the agency’s concerns, including a plan to launch U.S. astronauts from another launch pad in Florida, could take months to pass.