- A NASA helicopter took pictures of the equipment that helped perseverance rover Landing on Mars in 2021.
- The images show debris, including a discarded canopy, on the floor of the planet’s Jezero crater.
- Space waste, left by humans in orbit or on other planets, is a growing concern for space agencies.
NASA’s Helicopter Take a picture from above of a man-made remnant of space on another planet – the lander that helped her and the persistent rover reach the Red Planet.
The creative 4-pound helicopter, the first to fly in another world, located and photographed the wreckage of a dust-covered canopy, orange and white canopy and tailcoat — or protective cover that stores a waterfall — from 26 feet in the air. The Picturesshared by NASA on Wednesday, was captured on the one-year anniversary of Ingenuity’s first foray into the Martian sky on April 19, 2021.
Entrust the search for signs of ancient life, perseverance Landed on Mars On February 18, 2021, after a seven-month 300 million mile journey.
Officials in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory He said in a statement that the landing gear held up well. The rear casing served as a heat shield for the tenacity SUV-sized (and the helicopter folded in its belly) throughout its long journey from the ground. As it descended toward the surface of Mars, the rover deployed a parachute to slow it down and anchor the landing at Jezero Crater – home to what was once an ancient river delta.
While the back of the shell ended up in parts after a file fiery plunge At around 78 mph, the protective coating and suspension lines connecting it to the canopy appear to be intact. A third of the 70-foot-wide slope can be seen in the Ingenuity images, the agency said in a statement, but that “the canopy shows no signs of damage from supersonic airflow during inflation.” A more final judgment is needed.”
With both instruments operating as expected, the researchers hope that studying the components that allowed for a safe landing will help them plan future space missions. “Perseverance has been the best-documented Mars landing in history, with cameras showing everything from parachute inflation to landing,” said Ian Clark, a former Perseverance Systems engineer who is now leading the effort. Mars sampling Back to Earth at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, He said in a statement.
“If they either enhance our systems to work as we think they do or even provide a single data set of engineering information that we can use to plan the return of a Mars sample, that would be amazing. If not, the images are still fascinating and inspiring.”
High-flying trash dilemma
space junk Artifacts left by humans in our orbit or on other celestial bodies, including defunct satellites, burnt-out boosters, screwdrivers, parachutes, and other remnants of human space exploration — are a growing concern for space agencies. With more and more satellites being regularly launched into space, Earth’s orbit It’s getting crowded. The problem gets worse every year, as old satellites and other objects collide, generating thousands of pieces of debris and starting a chain reaction of collisions. The congestion of satellites orbiting the Earth increases the risks of orbital collisions and jeopardizes future space exploration.
“Protecting the expanding space environment is critical,” a Report From NASA’s Office of Inspector General expired in January of last year. “Services that billions of people depend on every day such as weather forecasting, communications and global positioning systems require a stable space environment.”
Restrictions that protect space from pollution are still scarce. “My concern and fear is that in 20 years it will be very dangerous to go into space because of pollution,” said Ram Jako, associate professor and acting director of the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University. wired last year.
“We’ve polluted Earth left, right and center. We’re going to do the same in space. There has to be a wake-up call or things are going to be serious.”