Thursday September 29, 2022

Mars helicopter spots wreckage from Perseverance landing

NASA released new images from the Ingenuity helicopter that offer a fresh view of the wreckage left by the Perseverance Rover’s landing on Mars last year. The Perseverance rover was launched in 2020 with the mission to find ancient signs of life on Mars. It successfully landed on Mars in 2021. Scientists on Earth wanted to see sights from the Ingenuity helicopter aboard the rover.
Perseverance had to go through the difficult seven minutes of terror to descend onto Mars’ surface. A heat shield protected the rover from the intense heat of reentry, and helped to slow it down. The massive parachute was then released from the backshell (a cone-shaped component of the descent vehicle), which further slowed it down. The backshell and parachute were separated from Perseverance. The descent stage took over. Rocket thrusters and a “sky crane”, helped to gently lower the rover for a smooth landing.
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Ingenuity took photographs on April 19th that captured the remains ofPerseverance’s parachute as well as the protective backshell of the rover. This cone-shaped piece of the descent vehicle that carried the parachute helped protect the rover while it was climbing to the surface. The site was littered with debris from the crash site where the two rover crew members separated from each other. NASA reports that the backshell crashed into the ground at a speed of 78 miles an hour. NASA claims that the backshell, the lines connecting it to the spacecraft and the coating on its outside survived the trip to the surface. However, NASA will continue to analyze the images in the coming weeks.
Ingenuity captured images of debris from Mars’ landing site that include Perseverance’s parachute, backshell, and other equipment. Image: NASA/JPL–Caltech

These photos were taken during Ingenuity’s flight on April 19, 2007. Image: NASA/JPL–Caltech

In a NASA blog post, Ian Clark, an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, stated that “Perseverance had a best-documented Mars landing in the history of science, with cameras showing everything, from inflation to touchdown to parachute,” “Ingenuity’s photos offer a new vantage point. It will be incredible if they can either confirm that our systems work as we think or provide any engineering information we can use to plan for Mars Sample Return planning. Even if they don’t, the photos are still amazing and inspiring.
Ingenuity, a helicopter that was deployed one month after Perseverance’s, became the first object to achieve powered flight in another world. Ingenuity was able to accomplish this mission after it was clear. Now it is working alongside Perseverance for scientific observation.
The Perseverance team is now looking to use Ingenuity in order to decide which pathPerseverance should follow to reach the top of Mars’ Jezero Crater’s dry river delta. Scientists believe this is the best place to search for signs that ancient life has existed on Mars.

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