Perseverance photographed the debris that was left on Mars after landing

During landing on February 18, 2021, several pieces of equipment slowed down the speed of the spacecraft.

from 20 thousand km / h to almost zero.And all this happened in about 7 minutes. After the work was completed, equipment - such as a parachute, a containment shell, a heat shield and a sky crane - were dropped from the rover to Mars so as not to damage the device.

Over the past year and a half, the Perseverance teamdiscovered and cataloged about seven rover wrecks. The first piece was found on April 16, 2022, when an unusually bright object was spotted in one of the panoramic shots taken by Perseverance's Mastcam-Z camera. At the time, no one knew what it was, but the rover has now moved closer to it.

Debris on Mars

A few months later Perseverance got towreckage - On June 12, 2022, he photographed a piece of multi-layer insulation (MLI) from a crane, made of perforated kapton. In the same area, the rover took a picture of a rapidly moving knotted ball of "string-like material." According to the task force, it could be the mesh used in thermal blankets.

Now safely landing spacecraft on Mars is a priority for researchers. They need to take into account the impact of debris on the landing of devices on the planet and clear the area for it.

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