See the surface of Mars in 3D thanks to the Ingenuity helicopter

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On its 13th flight, the Ingenuity helicopter skimmed low on the surface of Mars, imaging a particular area of ​​rock. Unlike previous flights, which covered multiple targets over large areas, this flight was to probe a single target in depth – and now NASA has released a 3D image from that flight, showing Sita south of Jezero Crater. A portion of the area is shown.

Created from data collected by NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter
This 3D view of the rock mound called “Fellafew” was created from data collected by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter during its 13th flight to Mars on September 4, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech
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“Best viewed with red-blue glasses, this stereo, or 3D, view (also known as anaglyph) is created by combining data from two images taken 16 feet (5 m) apart from a color camera at Ingenuity. went,” NASA writing. Although if you don’t have 3D glasses, don’t worry, as a 2D version of the image is also available.

An image of a field that the Mars Perseverance Rover Team
This image of the area the Mars Perseverance rover team called “Fellafew” was captured by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter on September 4, 2021, during its 13th flight to Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Unlike previous images taken by helicopter, which have been taken from a substantially higher altitude, this image was taken just 8 meters (26 ft) above the surface. This means that it shows in more detail the surface features, including the main target: a region nicknamed Fellefeu after a medieval abbey in the French Alps.

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“About 33 feet (10 meters) wide, the mound is visible just north of the center of the image, with some large rocks casting a shadow,” NASA wrote. “Spreading across the top of the image is a portion of ‘Artubi’, a ridgeline more than half a mile (900 m) wide. At the bottom of the image, and running vertically up the middle, a few waves of sand She is the one who populates South Sita.”

Ever since it reached Mars with its partner Perseverance rover, the Ingenuity helicopter has been performing increasingly complex flights. Its first mission phase was intended as a technical demonstration, meant to be just a test to see if a helicopter could fly in the thin Martian atmosphere, but such success has proven that it is a new mode of operations. phase in which it examines how helicopters might support future rovers.

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