Gorgeous New Mosaic Reveals NASA’s Mars Persistence all-terrain vehicle and a helicopter of ingenuity like you’ve never seen before.
Perseverance observes the small helicopter like a caring parent in a picture that citizen scientist Sean Doran stitched together from 62 photographs taken on Tuesday (April 6) by a car-sized rover.
It took several hours to create the mosaic that Doran posted on his Twitter account today. @_TheSeaning… He said that before combining the components of the image, he went through a “process of noise elimination, restoration and scaling.”
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“Then there’s the tedious task of correcting exposure differences between images. Then another step of image processing to get the final look, ”Doran told Space.com via email.
NASA also shared a similar view from Perseverance today, which it announced as a “selfie,” showing an animated view of the rover looking at Ingenuity and then at the arm-mounted camera. The mosaic was also built using 62 images, the agency said.
“NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, which was visible in this image from about 13 feet (4 meters) away on April 6, 2021, the 46th Mars mission day,” said NASA Jet Propulsion officials. The laboratory that oversees the Perseverance mission wrote in the image description.
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Two mosaics reflect the beginning of a historical moment in planetary exploration. Mission team members are preparing Ingenuity for its first test flight, which could take place as early as Sunday (April 11).
This mission – the first ever flight of a robot in the skies of an alien world – will be followed by several others during a month-long campaign to show that aerial exploration of Mars is possible.
If ingenuity proves successful, future missions to the Red Planet can usually include helicoptersthat can serve as scouts for rovers and collect data on their own, NASA officials said.
Ingenuity will not collect any data since £ 4. The rotorcraft (1.8 kg) does not have scientific instruments. But he will document his flights with a high-definition camera. And Perseverance will watch, too, from a safe distance. There is even a chance that the rover will be able to record the sound of Ingenuity flights using its two built-in microphonesNASA officials said.
“Focusing on the connection between Percy and Ginny was the obvious choice for this composition,” Doran wrote in an email. “It’s very interesting to see any new photos from another planet, but this one is special and I expect the technology demonstration to be a great success.”
After Ingenuity’s work is complete, Perseverance will begin to seriously focus on its scientific mission. The six-wheeled robot will look for signs of ancient Martian life, collect and store dozens of samples for future return to Earth.
This work and the Ingenuity missions will take place at the bottom of the 28 miles (45 kilometers) wide Jezero crater, where Perseverance and a helicopter landed together on 18 February. Images taken by Mars orbiters show that Jezero hosted a large lake and river delta billions of years ago.
You can find more of Doran’s work on image processing at his Twitter account and further his YouTube channel…
Mike Wall is the author of “There“(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book on the quest for alien life. Follow it on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.