Perseverance’s SuperCam Views the Ingenuity Helicopter.
Perseverance’s SuperCam Views the Ingenuity Helicopter
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is viewed here through the Remote Microscopic Imager (RMI) camera, part of the SuperCam instrument aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover. This image was taken on May 14, 2021, the 82nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
The RMI is able to spot a softball from nearly 1.6 km (1 mile), allowing scientists to take images of details from a long distance. It also provides fine details of nearby targets zapped by SuperCam’s laser.
A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).
Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.
The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.
JPL, which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations of the Perseverance rover.
For more about Perseverance: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/CNRS/PIA24665