NASA Helicopter Captures Rover Wreckage on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently captured the wreckage of the Perseverance rover that descended onto the Martian surface on February 18 of last year.

The process of the Perseverance rover’s entry at nearly 12,500 mph (20,000 kph) into the Martian atmosphere entailed a battle with gravitational forces and high temperatures.

At least ten aerial color photos were captured on April 19 during Ingenuity’s Flight 26 which included the sight of the parachute which enabled the Perseverance rover to land on Mars, as well as the cone-shaped back shell that shielded the rover in outer space and throughout its descent onto the surface of Mars.

The 159-second flight of Ingenuity took place on the one-year anniversary of its first flight on April 19 and took its first picture while it cruised at 26 feet (8 meters) above ground level.

“Every time we’re airborne, Ingenuity covers new ground and offers a perspective no previous planetary mission could achieve. Mars Sample Return’s reconnaissance request is a perfect example of the utility of aerial platforms on Mars,” said Teddy Tzanetos, Ingenuity’s team lead at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

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