Taking to their official Twitter account (@NASAPersevere), NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover shared a series of snaps to their 2.8 million followers.
One of the photos showcased a patch of rock with the surface layer removed to offer closer inspection.
A visible tiny white speck has since sent social media into overdrive after one curious Twitter user questioned what it was pointing to – or whether it was simply “just a small white triangular speck in the rock.”
Naturally, his observation prompted many more social media speculations.
Peering inside to look at something no one’s ever seen. I’ve abraded a small patch of this rock to remove the surfa… https://t.co/pNBgenMKZm
— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover)
Upon reviewing the footage, he claimed that his seniors summoned him to the office to ask whether he was playing a joke after Dr Robert Jacobs suggested the unidentified object “looked like a UFO.”
His boss abruptly responded, “you are never to say that again, as far as you’re concerned, that never happened,” and subsequently escorted Dr Jacobs to the door. He recalled him saying, “I don’t need to remind you of the seriousness of the security breach. I said no sir,”
“But as I left, he leaned over to speak in my ear, as if to say something the guys in the suits couldn’t hear.”
“He said, ‘lieutenant if you were ever tortured in the future, somebody has you up against the wall and they’re frying your privates with fire, you can tell them this, it was laser tracking.”