NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter captured some stunning photos of wreckage on Mars. The Ingenuity Helicopter was the first to fly on another planet. As a result, the helicopter managed to beam back some stunning images of the red planet.
This week, the space agency said that the debris that allowed for a safe descent could contain valuable insights for future missions.
“NASA extended Ingenuity flight operations to perform pioneering flights such as this,” said Teddy Tzanetos, Ingenuity’s team lead at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Every time we’re airborne, Ingenuity covers new ground and offers a perspective no previous planetary mission could achieve.”
“To get the shots we needed, Ingenuity did a lot of maneuvering, but we were confident because there was complicated maneuvering on flights 10, 12, and 13,” said Hävard Grip, chief pilot of Ingenuity at JPL. “Our landing spot set us up nicely to image an area of interest for the Perseverance science team on Flight 27, near ‘Séitah’ ridge.’