A beautiful new photo mosaic shows NASA’s Mars Persistence rover and the genius of a helicopter like you’ve never seen before.
Perseverance watches over a small helicopter like a parent kissing in a picture, which civic scientist Seán Doran merged into 62 photos taken Tuesday (April 6th) by a rover car.
It took several hours to make the mosaic, which Doran posted today via his Twitter account, @_TheSeaning. He said the composite images went through a “deforestation, repair and upgrade process” before combining them.
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“Then there’s the arduous task of correcting exposure differences between images. Then another pass to process the images to achieve the final look,” Doran told Space.com via email.
NASA today shared a similar view from Perseverance, which it charged as a “selfie,” showing an animated view of a rover looking at Ingenuity and then at its arm-mounted camera. The mosaic was also made using 62 images, agency officials said.
“NASA’s rover Perseverance Mars took a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here at about 4 meters (4 meters) in this image from April 6, 2021, the 46th day of Mars, or salt, missions,” NASA officials said. -this jet propulsion laboratory, which oversees the mission of perseverance, wrote in the description of the picture.
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Two mosaics record a historic moment in the exploration of the planets. Members of the mission team are preparing ingenuity for their first test flight, which could take place as early as Sunday (April 11th).
The crash – the first robot flight to ever launch the alien sky – will be followed by several others during a one-month campaign aimed at showing that aerial exploration is feasible on Mars.
If ingenuity is successful, future Red Planet missions they can usually include helicopters, which could serve as rover scouts and collect data themselves, NASA officials said.
Ingenuity will not collect any data because 4-lb. Rotorcraft (1.8 kilograms) does not carry any scientific instruments. But it will document its flights with a high-resolution camera. And perseverance will also be watched from a safe distance. There’s even a chance the rover could record the sound of Ingenuity’s flights using its own two built-in microphones, NASA officials said.
“Focusing on the relationship between Percy and Ginny was the obvious choice for this band,” Doran wrote in his email. “It’s very exciting to see any new photos from another planet, but this one is very special and I expect the technology demonstration to be a huge success.”
Once the ingenious work is completed, Perseverance will begin to earnestly focus on its own scientific mission. The six-wheeled robot will hunt for signs of ancient life on Mars and collect and store dozens of samples for a future return to Earth.
This work and Ingenuity flights will take place on the floor of the 28-mile-wide Lake Crater, where perseverance and a helicopter landed together on Feb. 18. Images taken by Mars orbiters show that the Lake hosted a large lake and river delta billions of years ago.
You can find more of Doran’s image processing works at his Twitter account and further his YouTube channel.
Mike Wall is the author of “There“(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for extraterrestrial life. Follow it on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.