No, the Perseverance rover did not notice a rainbow on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover captured this image of the area behind it using the rear-left hazard prevention camera on April 4, 2021. “Rainbow” is just lens flare, agency officials said. (Image courtesy of NASA / JPL-Caltech)

This Martian “rainbow” will only lead to fools gold.

NASA Persistence all-terrain vehicle took a picture on Sunday (April 4) of what appeared to be a rainbow sweeping across the dusty Martian sky. The startling image spread quickly on social media, as did the “rainbow” explanation, prompting NASA to step in and tell the real story.

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