NASA’s innovative helicopter made its ninth flight on the rocky surface of Mars on July 5, taking color photographs of the landscape for the first time.
The pictures show the exteriors showing the connections between the major geological units on the ground of the Jessore crater. Scientists believe that this formation is the dry bed of an ancient lake, which will become a particularly interesting region for searching for signs of life.
According to a July 7 NASA update, Ingenuity’s chief pilot Howard Griff wrote that the spacecraft “broke records for flight time and travel speed” and “almost quadrupled the flight distance between the two airports”, covering an area of 625 meters. In addition, the ingenuity, which weighed only four pounds, flew for the first time over mostly flat terrain, challenging the team controlling it from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Grip emphasizes that “differences in surface elevation cause the figures to move at different speeds, and that the ingenuity navigation algorithm still ‘assumes’ that the ground below is flat, and that” it does its best to illustrate the movement of the statistics of changes in the movements of the helicopter, which also lead to errors. “
The ingenious photos will help NASA engineers send a rover of perseverance to the rocky and sandy area to collect ground samples. Thus, within three minutes, the ingenuity saved the diligence in the months when the driver had to spend to take his own photos.
“[La misión está] It is designed to be more risky and more rewarding, so it makes sense for us to take those extra risks because of the potential rewards, ”Grip concluded.