Perseverance Watches Rigorously as Ingenuity Lifts Off for its forty seventh Flight


In a few of the finest footage but, the Perseverance rover has taken new video of the Ingenuity helicopter taking off and flying over Mars’ floor.

This video exhibits the mud initially kicked up by the helicopter’s spinning rotors, in addition to Ingenuity taking off, hovering, and starting its 440-meter (1,444-foot) journey to the southwest. The video was captured on March 9, 2023. On the time the video was taken, the rover was about 120 meters (394 toes) from the helicopter.

This video was captured by the Mastcam-Z imager aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover on March 9, 2023. On the time the video was taken, the rover was about 394 toes (120 meters) from the helicopter. Credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Though they’re operated individually, NASA retains the 2 robots shut collectively to allow them to work collectively, with Ingenuity scouting forward for potential hazards and areas of curiosity for Perseverance. For this flight, Ingenuity reached an altitude of 12 meters, repositioning itself for an upcoming flight, and capturing pictures of science targets alongside its path.

That is the 47th flight of the tiny rotorcraft. It later landed efficiently and off digicam at what’s been dubbed Airfield Iota.

Initially, the helicopter was supposed to carry out a 30-day expertise demonstration, making 5 flights at altitudes ranging 3–5 m (10–16 ft) for as much as 90 seconds every. Now, it’s made almost 50 flights, repeatedly touring properly over tons of of meters/toes.

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is seen right here at the place to begin of its forty seventh flight on Mars. Credit score:

Collectively, Perseverance and Ingenuity are conducting a a number of month exploration of an space referred to as Delta Prime,” a area which will have had a life-friendly river delta and lake billions of years in the past.

You’ll be able to see the unique pictures and movies at JPL’s Photojournal web site.

Supply hyperlink