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Mon, Aug 16, 2021

Just In From Mars: NASA’s Ingenuity Spots Perseverance From Above

Photos Provide The Opportunity To Test Your Eyesight Before Your Medical

After completing its 11th flight around Mars, NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter captures images of the Perseverance rover during the mission. Perseverance was spotted amongst the sand dunes in the “South Séítah” region of the Jezero Crater on the Red Planet.

Ingenuity set out to exhibit that powered, controlled flight on Mars is possible. It has progressed into demonstrating how a rotorcraft can add aerial dimension and scout areas of interest that may be too dicey for the rover to explore.

“Ingenuity’s aerial images are awesome – but even better when you get to play ‘Where’s Perseverance?’ with them,” said Robert Hogg. “Once you find our rover and zoom in, you can make out some details, like the wheels, remote sensing mast, and the MMRTG” – the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator – “on the aft end.”

Ingenuity was flying 39 ft above the Martian surface, and about 1,600 away from the rover when the photo was taken. To locate the Perseverance,  At the bottom center of the image, you will see Ingenuity’s shadow. Go straight up from there, and you will find a bright white speck just to the right of center.

"Flight 11 was essentially designed to keep Ingenuity ahead of the rover, allowing it to continue to support Perseverance's science goals by photographing intriguing geologic features from the air," NASA officials said in the statement.

NASA’s flight plan indicates that the helicopter took off on August 5th at approximately 12:50 EDT. Flying at 11 mph, north-by-northwest, it took Ingenuity 130.9 seconds to make the trip to its 8th airfield. The helicopter is scheduled to make at least one more flight back to the South Séítah region.

FMI: www.nasa.gov

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