At the beginning of the week, NASA’s Curiosity Rover bumped into a strange object on the surface of Mars. Although the weird thing found by the rover on the Red Planet puzzled the scientist, the researchers eventually figured out what it was.
On Monday, August 13th, 2018, NASA’s Curiosity aimed its camera towards a mysterious object that resembled a white and thin piece of paper or masking tape. The thing, dubbed as Pettegrove Point Foreign Object Debris, was initially considered debris of a spacecraft or a fragment of the Curiosity rover itself. However, recently, NASA scientists could finally determine that’s of natural origin.
Employing the laser and spectrometer of its ChemCam, the NASA’s Curiosity rover examined the object and determined that it is only a thin flake of rock, crushing the dreams of the NASA scientists who thought they’d found evidence of the past or present existence of extraterrestrial life on Mars.
NASA’s Curiosity rover determined the strange object is a rock, but previous discoveries indicate the possibility of the presence of ancient life on Mars
Even though the recently discovered mysterious object is nothing more than a thin flake of a Martian rock, Curiosity rover made some more exciting discoveries lately which suggest that ancient life on Mars could have been possible.
From the Martian rocks with organic matter traces to the water lake inside Gale Crater, the mystery surrounding Mars seems like thinning as the pieces of evidence of ancient life on Red Planet begin to pile up.
The nuclear-powered rover, Curiosity, examines the Earth’s neighbor since 2012 and has made many findings on Mars surface, atmosphere, and Martian rocks.
On the other hand, Mars reveals its secret slowly but steadily, and scientists believe that the upcoming missions to the Red Planet will finally find out if there is any reliable trace of past or present life on Mars.