Miniature robot helicopter cleverness, from NASAWho made Successful takeoff and landing On Mars A week ago, achieving its first controlled flight by a device on the surface of another planet, it once again captured the attention of the whole world by attracting The first aerial and color photos of the surface of the Red Planet On his second successful test flight.
NASA published earlier this week Three aerial photos taken by Ingenuity. These pictures do not They are the first thing the rover takes Because before he sends out shots of his shadow it was captured with his navigation camera pointed downwards. Plus, perseverance has taken great pictures Helicopter in action.
However, this last set of images is especially because They are the first color images of Mars taken by a craft in the air.
This is the first color photo taken by Ingenuity On its test flight on April 22. The helicopter is equipped with a high-resolution color camera that contains a sensor of 4208 x 3120 pixels. According to NASA, creativity It was 5.2 meters above the roof. It was also shifting its field of vision upward as it prepared to turn sideways on its 51.9-second flight.
The image, as well as the inset showing a close-up of a portion of the The persevering rover footprints And the characteristics of the surface of Mars, explain the benefit of exploring the terrain of Mars from an aerial perspective, “explained NASA in the description of the image.
In the picture you can see Impressions of the six wheels Perseverance in discoloration of the parallel, jagged surface. Apparently, the rover isn’t too far, but in the middle, unfortunately, out of frame.
The North American Space Agency baptized the name Wright Brothers Square To Ingenuity’s official launch area and the location can be seen near the helicopter shadow in the lower center. What’s more, The starting point of the ship It is directly below the image.
The other detail that can be seen in the first image is the black objects on either side of the image, which is Landing strips for versatility.
Besides noting that this image was also taken at 5.2 meters, NASA didn’t add much to the image. However, the US Space Agency indicated that they could be seen here as well Footprints of perseverance.
NASA didn’t comment on this photo either, but it did remember it could be seen Six wheel marks perseverance. In addition to the runway and the take-off at the bottom of the image.
Likewise, you can think A small portion of the horizon In the top left and right corners.
In an update published Sunday after Ingenuity’s successful third test flight, NASA stated that the helicopter crew has given it instructions. To take more pictures.
The US Space Agency has stated that taking additional photos will provide information May be used in future air missions. Creativity is expected to lead His fourth test flight in the next few days.