NASA’s innovative Mars Helicopter continues to give us views of the Red Planet we’ve never seen before.
During its last flight, which occurred on April 19, the aircraft weighed 4 pounds (1.8 kg) cleverness Photographed the parachute and rear shell helped and assisted by NASA perseverance The spacecraft lands inside Jezero Crater on the Red Planet on February 18, 2021.
This was not an opportunity to watch. The Ingenuity team was asked to attempt to photograph Perseverance’s landing gear to aid the joint European Space Agency (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) Mars sample return project, which aims to transport material collected by perseverance back to Earth, Probably as early as 2033.
“Perseverance is best documented.” Mars Landing in history, with cameras showing everything from parachute inflation to landing,” Ian Clark of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, former Perseverance Systems engineer and now Mars sample ascent stage leader, He said in a statement on Wednesday (27 April).
“But Ibdaa’s photos offer a different view,” Clark added. “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 amazing and inspiring.”
The conical back shell helped persevere – with creativity in his tummy – to survive the long journey from the Red Planet to Earth, as well as the short but scorching journey across Mars atmosphere. The mission’s supersonic parachute, extending 70.5 feet (21.5 meters), was the largest ever deployed on Mars. This significantly slowed the descent of the rover, which was eventually lowered to the Jezero floor on cables by a rocket-powered sky winch.
The back veneer and canopy both did their job well, and the good health of perseverance and ingenuity also shows. Preliminary analyzes of the new Ingenuity images indicate that the lander has held up well despite the tremendous pressure it has endured. (The back cover is spotty, but that’s not surprising given that it hit the surface of Mars at 78 mph, or 126 km/h, on the day of landing.)
For example, JPL officials wrote in the same statement: “The protective envelope of the aft cover appears to have remained intact during reentry into the Martian atmosphere. Several of the eighty high-strength suspension lines connecting the aft cover to the canopy are visible and appear to be intact as well.”
Although a third of the slope is visible in creativity images, JPL officials added in the statement, “the canopy shows no signs of damage from the supersonic airflow during inflation.” “Several weeks of analysis will be required in order to make a more definitive verdict.”
During the 159-second April 19 flight, Ingenuity took 10 photos of the back cover and canopy from a variety of viewpoints. JPL officials said the helicopter traveled a total of 1,181 feet (360 meters) in a sortie, flying at an altitude of 26 feet (8 meters).
“To get the shots we needed, Ingenuity did a lot of maneuvers, but we were confident because there were complicated maneuvers on flights 10, 12 and 13,” said Havard Grip, JPL’s chief pilot, Ingenuity, in the same statement.
It was Ingenuity’s 26th flight to the red planet, and it took place in Anniversary From the first flight on Mars in the making of history.
Creativity is a technical demonstration, originally assigned a five-flight mission designed to show that atmospheric exploration is possible on Mars. The helicopter is now on an extended mission, pushing the boundaries of Red Planet flight and serving as a scout to hunt life and persevere in collecting samples.
persevere recently I reached the remains of the Delta River that existed in the land of Jezero billions of years ago. The probe team is excited to study and sample the area, which may hold evidence of life on the ancient red planet. And creativity, yet to be realized, will be a big part of that effort.
“On reaching the delta, Ingenuity’s first orders may be to help determine which of the two dry river channels it must climb persevere to reach the top of the delta,” JPL officials wrote in the statement.
“Besides helping with route planning, the data provided by the helicopter will help the Perseverance team assess potential scientific targets,” they added. “Creativity may be called upon to image geological features so far away that the rover arrives or to explore landing areas and locations on the surface where sample caches can be deposited for the Mars Sample Return Program.”
Mike Wall is the author of “AbroadBook (Great Grand Publishing House, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book on the search for extraterrestrials. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed. Follow us on Twitter Tweet embed or on Facebook.