The rover Perseverance was busy taking pictures of itself (including), but now we have the full view. NASA on Wednesday released a magnificent full-body selfie showing the rover with its satellite on Mars, the Ingenuity helicopter. The image highlights the rover, which still looks pretty clean after touching in mid-February, and the small experimental Ingenuity helicopter. The helicopter is preparing to make its first test flight no earlier than Sunday.
The rover uses Watson’s camera mounted on his robotic arm to capture the 62 images used for the selfie. The filming marathon took place on April 6. To get a sense of scale, the helicopter is located about 13 feet (4 meters) from its wheeled satellite.
The perseverance team posted on Twitter a slightly different version of the selfie in the form of a GIF, which shows the “head” of the rover from watching ingenuity to watching the camera.
Theon the ground over the weekend and will watch the daring little rotorcraft try to make the first powered, controlled flight to another planet. NASA hopes to obtain images of the flight along with engineering data on the rotorcraft’s performance.
The selfie is a fitting tribute to two machines that do groundbreaking work on Mars.
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