NASA's Ingenuity captures Mars rock feature

3D view was created by combining data from two images taken five metre apart by the colour camera

The American space agency's Ingenuity Mars helicopter has provided a 3D view of a mound covered by rock on the surface of Mars during its 13th flight on 4 September.

 

The Mars helicopter flew to the planet on 18 February. It was attached to the belly of NASA's Perseverance rover. The helicopter took colour images of Mars' Jezero crater.

 

The aim of the mission was to capture images of this geologic target nicknamed 'Faillefeu' and to obtain the colour pictures from a lower altitude.

 

The 3D image confirmed that the mound is nearly ten metres wide and can be seen just north of the centre of the image, with some large rocks casting shadows.

 

NASA said, "Stretching across the top of the image is a portion of "Artuby", a ridgeline more than 900 metre wide. At the bottom of the image, and running vertically up into the middle, are a few of the many sand ripples that populate South Seitah."

 

This 3D view was created by combining data from two images taken five metre apart by the colour camera.

 

This Ingenuity Mars helicopter was built by NASA's jet propulsion laboratory in southern California is the first helicopter to test power flight to another planet and to capture the colour image of the Martian surface. The only mission is to conduct flight tests in the thin atmosphere of Mars; the helicopter carries no science instruments. The data provided by it will help scientists and researchers to deduce mysteries of the Red planet.

 

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