An unknown object was seen during the flight of the Martian helicopter Ingenuity

(ORDO NEWS) — A small fragment of an unidentified object (foreign object debris, FOD) was seen on footage from the navigation camera (Navcam) of the Ingenuity helicopter during its 33rd flight.

The FOD can be seen in navigation camera images from Flight 33 from the earliest frames until about the middle of the video, when it separated from the helicopter’s leg and fell to the surface of Mars. NASA said the debris was not visible in Navcam footage from the previous flight.

All telemetry data from the flight is within specification and shows no signs of damage. The Ingenuity and Perseverance Mars 2020 teams are looking for the source of the debris.

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