NASA has revealed what it thinks a strange spaghetti-like object discovered on Mars really is.
Scientists were amazed by the stringy stuff snapped by the Perseverance rover last month.
The experts at the space agency have now explained what this is likely to be.
And anyone hoping it could be evidence of extraterrestrials will be disappointed.
As it turns out, the object is just a mesh.
Obviously, Mars isn’t the sort of place where scraps of web are randomly scattered, so it would have gotten there from a previous mission.
Funnily enough, NASA’s hardware team suspects that it came from Perseverance’s landing on the Red Planet last February.
“This particular piece of web appears to have been significantly disintegrated/torn, indicating it has been subjected to powerful forces,” Nasa said.
Experts assume that these are Dacron nets, a type of polyester fiber.
This is usually found in thermal blankets to keep equipment from heating up.
Scattered across the surface of Mars are man-made objects from decades of exploration dating back to the first crash-landing on the red planet in 1971.
The Perseverance rover has been scanning the surface of Mars for almost 18 months.
In that time the bot has traveled over seven miles and almost taken 300,000 images.
It’s not the only time the bot has spotted something inappropriate on the planet next door.
The rover caught a glimpse itself thermal blanket wedged in the jaws of a dinosaur-shaped rock – the unexplained part is the rover that first landed on Mars over a mile away.
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