MADRID, 12 Ago. (OTR/PRESS) –
Some of the images taken in his eleventh flight by NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars captured NASA’s Perseverance rover in the middle of his first scientific campaign.
Ingenuity began as a technology demonstrator to prove that powered, controlled flight is possible on Mars. It is now an operations demonstrator aimed at investigating how a helicopter can add an aerial dimension to missions like Perseverance, exploring possible areas of scientific interest and offering detailed views of nearby areas too dangerous for the rover to explore.
“The aerial footage from Ingenuity is impressive, but even better when you play ‘Where’s Perseverance?’ with them, “he said it’s a statement Robert Hogg, mission systems engineer at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). “Once I find our rover and zoom in, you can make out some details, such as the wheels, the remote sensing mast, and the MMRTG – the multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator -” at the aft end. “
Flight 11 was essentially designed to keep Ingenuity ahead of the rover, allowing it to continue to support Perseverance’s science goals. when photographing intriguing geological features from the air.
Flying north-northwest at five meters per second, it took Ingenuity 130.9 seconds to make the trip to its eighth airfield. From this new staging area, the helicopter is scheduled to carry out at least one reconnaissance flight of the intriguing area geologically known as Sur de Séítah.