Why did the Mars helicopter Ingenuity photograph the Perseverance lander

(ORDO NEWS) — During its flight on April 19, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter photographed the parachute and descent module that helped the Perseverance rover land inside Lake Zero Crater on the Red Planet on February 18, 2021.

The photographs were taken not only to please earthlings with fresh pictures from the surface of the Red Planet, but for scientific purposes.

NASA and the European Space Agency are planning a project to return soil samples from the Red Planet collected by the rover to Earth, possibly as early as 2033.

As Ian Clark of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, “The Ingenuity images represent a different perspective.

They will either confirm that our systems worked the way we think, or provide information for engineers that we can use to plan the return of samples from Mars.”

Why did the Mars helicopter Ingenuity photograph the Perseverance lander 2

During the 159-second flight on April 19, Ingenuity took 10 photographs of the descent module body and parachute from various angles. The helicopter covered a total of 360 meters.

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