NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Sees 'Otherworldly' Wreckage on Mars
A backshell that detached during the landing of a rover on Mars is being called a flying saucer.
Ian Clark, an engineer who worked on Perseverance's parachute system, said that the photographs released on Wednesday have a sci-fi element to them.
The Perseverance rover is exploring the rocks of a crater it landed in, and is on its way to a river delta.
The Ingenuity lander took pictures during its 159 seconds in the air, which showed the backshell and parachute still attached.
A rocket-powered system called Skycrane took Perseverance the rest of the way to the surface.
The backshell of the parachute appears to be intact, but engineers are still inspecting the images.
The study of the remains of a backshell could prove helpful for NASA's next big Mars adventure.
Scientists use models and analysis tools to study images of hardware in order to increase confidence in the models for the future.
The wreckage of a supergiant star collapsed on the floor of a crater between two different rock formations.
The mission's scientists are intrigued by the geology of the rocks near the parachute and backshell.
The spacecraft Perseverance has been busy taking pictures of the Martian moon Phobos.