The rover’s front left hazard avoidance camera took a photo of the light-colored object on July 12 that some people likened to spaghetti.
Officials at the space agency confirmed that they believe the object to be a string left over from Perseverance’s landing.
The string could be from the rover or its descent stage, a component similar to a rocket-powered jet pack used to safely lower the rover to the planet’s surface, according to a spokesperson for the Perseverance mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Perseverance had not previously been in the area where the string was found, so it’s likely the wind blew it there, the spokesperson said.
This is not the first time the rover has stumbled upon pieces of material left over from its descent on Mars.
The rover’s team at NASA is researching more about the new piece of debris and plans to release more details later this week.