YOU might be fooled into thinking this wreckage on Mars is a crashed UFO owned by aliens – but it’s actually Nasa’s mess.
The shocking photo shows the smashed backshell that was used to land equipment safely on the red planet last year.
In fact, it was Ingenuity who took the snap last week and sent it back to Earth.
You may also be able to spot the parachute in use, spread out in the background.
The descent to the Red Planet is chillingly complex as experts confront the dreaded “Seven Minutes of Terror”.
During this tense final phase, the spacecraft moves through the Martian atmosphere at a staggering 12,000 miles per hour in scorching temperatures and has only about 400 seconds to reduce speed to less than 1 m/s.
So scientists want to study the remains in preparation for a future mission to bring rocks from Mars back to Earth.
Surprisingly, they don’t think the parachute canopy shows any signs of damage.
“Perseverance had the best-documented Mars landing in history, with cameras showing everything from parachute inflation to touchdown,” said Ian Clark of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
“But Ingenuity’s images offer a different perspective.
“If they either confirm that our systems worked the way we think they worked, or even provide a data set of technical information that we can use to plan for the return of Mars samples, it will be amazing.”
“And if not, the images are still phenomenal and inspiring.”
However, the photos also drew criticism, with some on social media slamming the space agency for leaving garbage in space.
“Damn earthlings who always leave junk lying around,” said one person.
“We weren’t content with just destroying our own planet,” added another.
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