NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, photographed on Mars by the Perseverance rover on April 4, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA’s Mars helicopter just sent its first postcard back to Earth: a low-resolution, colored photo of the Martian surface.
Ingenuity’s camera snapped the picture (below) after the rotorcraft dropped to Mars’ surface from the underbelly of the Perseverance rover on Saturday. NASA released the image on Monday.
A low-resolution photo captured by the Ingenuity helicopter shows the floor of Mars’ Jezero Crater and two wheels of NASA’s Perseverance rover, April 3, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech
The agency expects better photography from the helicopter once Ingenuity starts to fly. The 4-pound drone is scheduled to conduct its first flight early Monday morning Eastern Time, though that initial liftoff will just test whether Ingenuity can successfully get a