NASA’s persistence and ingenuity take a selfie as the helicopter prepares for its maiden flight on Mars

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‘Until we meet again’: the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter take a selfie as the helicopter prepares for its maiden flight on Mars, which has been compared to the ‘Wright Brothers’ moment on Earth

  • NASA has released an image snapped by Perseverance with Ingenuity on Mars
  • The rover used its built-in camera to take the couple’s selfie
  • Ingenuity is about 4 meters from the rover, preparing for its maiden flight
  • The helicopter is scheduled to fly on April 11 – a feat that will determine the fate of its mission

As the Ingenuity helicopter prepares to make history by flying through the atmosphere of Mars, the rover Perseverance snapped a selfie of the pair to commemorate one of their last moments together.

NASA released the image on Wednesday, a collection of 62 separate photos taken by the rover looking down at the small helicopter standing 4 meters away.

Ingenuity will make its maiden flight on April 11, with the helicopter taking off, hovering in place and then returning to land, and while the event only lasts 90 seconds, it’s a feat that will determine the fate of the mission.

This will be the first vehicle to fly on another planet, which NASA compares to the Wright Brothers moment on Earth.

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As the Ingenuity helicopter prepares to make history by flying through the atmosphere of Mars, the rover Perseverance snapped a selfie of the pair to commemorate one of their last moments together.

As the Ingenuity helicopter prepares to make history by flying through the atmosphere of Mars, the rover Perseverance snapped a selfie of the pair to commemorate one of their last moments together.

Ingenuity made the 239 million mile journey to Mars in the belly of Perseverance until it fell into the dust of Mars on April 4.

NASA announced the next day that the $ 85 million drone survived its first night outside of its traveling companion, allowing the US space agency to continue its flight plans.

Ingenuity is expected to soar Sunday, April 11, from a 33-by-10-foot piece of Mars real estate that is the first airport on another planet.

Once everything is ready, Perseverance will receive information from NASA to relay to the helicopter.

Ingenuity made the 239 million mile journey to Mars in the belly of perseverance until it fell into the dust of Mars on April 4

Ingenuity made the 239 million mile journey to Mars in the belly of perseverance until it fell into the dust of Mars on April 4

Ingenuity made the 239 million mile journey to Mars in the belly of perseverance until it fell into the dust of Mars on April 4

Ingenuity is expected to soar Sunday, April 11, from a 33-by-10-foot piece of Mars real estate that is the first airport on another planet

Ingenuity is expected to soar Sunday, April 11, from a 33-by-10-foot piece of Mars real estate that is the first airport on another planet

Ingenuity is expected to soar Sunday, April 11, from a 33-by-10-foot piece of Mars real estate that is the first airport on another planet

However, a number of factors must be perfect for the event, including modeling local wind patterns based on measurements taken by the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) system onboard Perseverance.

Resourcefulness will spin its rotors to 2,537rpm and, if all final self-checks look good, take off.

The helicopter will climb about three feet per second (1 meter per second) and once it hits 10 feet (three meters), it will hang in place for 30 seconds before returning to the surface of Mars.

A twitterer shared the iconic moment between persistence and ingenuity as if the two were saying, 'Until we meet again'

A twitterer shared the iconic moment between persistence and ingenuity as if the two were saying, 'Until we meet again'

A twitterer shared the iconic moment between persistence and ingenuity as if the two were saying, ‘Until we meet again’

This flight, while short, determines whether Ingenuity is able to complete the rest of his mission.

NASA compares the first flight on another planet to that of the Wright Brothers first flight on Earth.

Farah Alibay, leader of Mars Helicopter integration for the Perseverance rover, said in a briefing last month, “ I’m mainly thinking about [Ingenuity] as an experimental plane and this started with the Wright brothers bringing air mobility to travel here on Earth in the same way that we hope for ingenuity on Mars. ‘

And to commemorate the first flight on Earth, Ingenuity wears a piece from the Wright Brothers plane.

The helicopter will climb about three feet per second (1 meter per second), and once it hits 10 feet (three meters), it will float in place for 30 seconds before landing back on the surface of Mars.

The helicopter will climb about three feet per second (1 meter per second), and once it hits 10 feet (three meters), it will float in place for 30 seconds before landing back on the surface of Mars.

The helicopter will climb about three feet per second (1 meter per second), and once it hits 10 feet (three meters), it will float in place for 30 seconds before landing back on the surface of Mars.

A few hours after the maiden flight takes place, Perseverance sends the first set of technical data to Earth Ingenuity and possibly images and video from the rover’s navigation cameras and Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras.

“Based on the data downloaded that first night after the flight, the Ingenuity team expects to be able to determine whether the first attempt to fly to Mars was a success,” NASA shared in a statement.

“The results of the test flights will be discussed by the Ingenuity team that same day during a media conference.”

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