Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on a Different Kind of Mission

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The last Four Flights was a resounding success. I could still remember the thrill and the waiting of when the First Flight would commence. Every step of the preparation was being followed. Hurdled with some issues during flight transition. But, with all of the obstacles, the Ingenuity team pulled it off and sent the helicopter rising and cruising above Mars.

Now that Powered flight was sustained four times on Mars, the Helicopter’s missions evolved from a Technology demonstration to an Operation demonstration. Ingenuity’s fifth flight is scheduled for Friday, May 7. As always (at least so far), our targeted takeoff time is 12:33 p.m. local Mars time (3:26 p.m. EDT, or 12:26 p.m. PDT), with data coming down at 7:31 p.m. EDT (4:31 p.m. PDT). Ingenuity will take off at Wright Brothers Field – the same spot where the helicopter took off and touched back down on all the other flights – but it will land elsewhere, which is another first for our rotorcraft. Ingenuity will climb to 16 feet (5 meters), then retrace its course from flight four, heading south 423 feet (129 meters).

The data on the last Four Flights was a significant milestone of the this transition. In so doing we have a duo of robot explorers on Jezero Crater Mars. Now that Ingenuity will perform operational mission, the helicopter can use these opportunities to perform aerial observations of rover science targets, potential rover routes, and inaccessible features while also capturing stereo images for digital elevation maps.

This will greatly improve Perseverance Rover’s mission, efficient & safe route and mobility. Which leave’s the rover to focus on characterizing science targets.

Sol 74 and 75 Raw images

Sol 74 and 75 Raw images is scarce. Maybe, the Rover team is currently doing a lot of preparation to support the Helicopter Ingenuity’s Fifth Flight. Below are the images as streamed on corresponding Sols.

Pictures are worth thousand words. So, I’m just sharing all photos as captured by NASA Mars Perseverance Rover currently on the Red planet. Photo, crawled using NASA API. Really helpful delivered to my inbox. With additional steps, reflected the structured table into this post. Here’s how you can go back to the technical on how we crawl these raw images as Percy streams it to NASA lend us with the API

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