A so-called “foreign body debris” spotted by Mars rover Curiosity and supposed to be a spaceship debris has turned out to be a very thin rock flake, The NASA said. The object in the image captured on August 13 also sparked speculation among scientists that the Curiosity robot could have gotten rid of itself. But an analysis of Curiosity’s chemistry and camera instruments (ChemCam) revealed that the object, officially dubbed “Pettegrove Point Foreign Object Debris” (PPFOD), only sparked false alarms, said on Thursday. The NASA.
“In fact, it turned out that it was a very thin burst of rock, so we can all rest quietly tonight – curiosity has not yet begun to disappear” Curiosity Brittney Cooper, a member of the team, wrote in an update of the mission’s analysis.
“The target might have been a different name from Curiosity’s current quadrilateral theme:” Rabhadh Cearr “, or” False Alarm “in Scottish Gaelic,” said Cooper.
The Curiosity team had reason to worry because in 2012, the rover spotted an equally mysterious luminous object on the surface that turned out to be a tiny piece of plastic escaped from the rover, CNet reported. The robot is currently monitoring the opacity of the dust or “tau” in the Gale Crater as the global dust storm that started on Mars in June decreases.