We recently wrote about the collection of the 22nd sample by the NASA Perseverance Rover moving up the delta of the river that once filled Jezero Crater. In particular, the rover would now be on a former beach where traces of past life could be found (and that’s why it’s so interesting to scientists). As the rover collected the sample and moved over the rugged terrain Mars he also had the opportunity to continue the 59th flight NASA ingenuity thanks to Mastcam-Z cameras.
This flight was particularly important because, although it did not move horizontally, it reached the maximum altitude of 20 metres. Usually that Mars drone It moves at altitudes between 10 and 12 meters, but the engineers wanted to try to overcome the limits (including in terms of the maximum speed reached on the 60th flight). The 61st flight, possibly completed yesterday, may also have seen the 20 meter record broken, reaching 24 meters. Double what is normally achieved.
NASA Perseverance has once again acquired NASA Ingenuity
As we know drone It is the first device of its kind and is effectively a prototype designed to show that it is possible to fly in the Martian atmosphere (much less dense than Earth’s). That’s why engineers and scientists are working together to understand their limitations and think about the future generation that will be larger, more powerful and equipped with scientific instruments.
Set of overlapping images (source)
Precisely because it is the first time that a drone Fly to another planet. Engineers want to collect as much data and information as possible, including visual thanks NASA Endurance. The rover took that Mastcam Z cameras to resume NASA ingenuity when he reached me 20 metres the maximum height.
Thanks to downloading RAW images can be found on the relevant website Users were able to create an unofficial video before JPL even released its version. With NASA ingenuity two sand devils (or Dust devil), which are more noticeable in the higher contrast version. This is not a rare phenomenon and Mars rovers have photographed it several times over the years. However, for researchers, this is an interesting event that allows us to better understand the Martian atmosphere.
The GIF highlighting the sand devils passing in the background (source)
As written at the beginning, the 61. Flight was scheduled to take place on September 29, JPL reported. Currently it is Flight log It hasn’t been updated yet and we don’t know if everything has happened as expected. Initial information indicated a maximum altitude of 24 meters (new record) with a duration of 129.69 inches with no horizontal displacement and no change in the flight field (which remains tau). If Flight 61 is confirmed, it will be the fifth flight in September 2023. Not since February 2023 have so many flights been operated in a single month. A good sign for the health of the Mars drone.