Mars Rover Perseverance  on the Red Planet

Spots Shiny Silver Litter

NASA's Perseverance rover

 snapped a photo of a shiny silver object wedged between two rocks on the floor of the Red Planet's

Jezero Crater, which the

 car-sized robot has been exploring since its February 2021 touchdown.

This space trash is

 not native to Mars; Perseverance hauled it from Earth, the rover's handlers said.

It’s a piece of a thermal blanket

 that they think may have come from my descent stage, the rocket-powered jet pack that set me down on landing day back in 2021

This isn't the first time we've

 gotten a look at some of the gear that helped Perseverance hit the red dirt safely. On April 19, NASA's tiny Ingenuity

Helicopter flew over the rover's

 backshell and parachute, snapping amazing photos from a variety of angles.

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