Perseverance and Ingenuity pose together before their split to explore Mars

It’s coming soon: on April 11, Ingenuity will rise into the air above Martian soil, if all goes well. Before their separation, Perseverance immortalized this memorable scene of the two machines in Jezero Crater. Magnificent !

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Every day, the Nasa receives images of Mars taken by Perseverance and also, a little, little helicopter Ingenuity that he took with him. During the Easter weekend, the latter, weighing 1.8 kg on Earth (and 680 g on Mars) made the big leap from the belly of the rover where it was hung, down to the ground, a few centimeters lower. It was a bit as if “Percy” had just laid an egg … but an egg already hatched (its protective shell was dropped a few days earlier), which took, in the process, a photo of its new environment. , even before snorting.

A selfie before starting the adventure

Since, Perseverance moved 3.9 meters away from his companion and this April 6, 46e Martian day, the Watson instrument (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering), grafted onto the rover’s long robotic arm, captured some 62 images, here combined in one photo, where they are seen posing both. A magnificent scene bringing together two representatives of high human technologies in the vast desert Martian. Both are ready for their Martian adventures.

These last Soils – the Martian days (they are 40 minutes longer than the terrestrial days) -, the rover moved away from the experimental machine so as not to hinder it in its first movements. Since he has his legs resting on the ground, the engineers of the JPL check its general condition, and if its components are resistant to freezing nights on the surface of Mars (down to -90 ° C). Ingenuity did its first stretches and has just transmitted to Earth, via the rover-companion, the images of the unlocking of its blades.

Ingenuity meets history

If the weather conditions are favorable, Ingenuity will take off this Sunday, April 11. (Otherwise, it will be one of the following days.) For his first aerobatic, he must rise up to three meters above the Jezero crater for 20 to 30 seconds.

If this feat is successful, the drone-helicopter will go down in legend as the very first craft to fly in the skies of another planet. So, meet on April 12 to find out during the press conference on the first results obtained by NASA.

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