Last month, I had a blast investigating a tangle of something strange spotted by the Perseverance rover on Mars.

It looked a bit like spaghetti or some sort of string.

NASA JPL imaging scientist Justin Maki has now chimed in on what the object might be and how it got there.

I was on the right track with thinking it was a bit of debris from the rover's landing system.

The mysterious object appeared in a rover camera image on July 12,

A later image from July 16 showed it had disappeared from its spot on the sandy ground.

Perseverance had a dramatic arrival in the Jezero Crater in February 2021.

This is in a fascinating river delta region where the rover is collecting rock samples.