Perseverance sees Ingenuity take off during 47th flight: Video

The brave Mars helicopter Ingenuity has made its 47th successful flight over the surface of the Red Planet. This time, the take-off of the spacecraft was seen and videotaped by the Perseverance rover located nearby.

Ingenuity helicopter photographed by the Perseverance Rover

The recorded video shows how the helicopter picks up dust from the rotating propellers, then Ingenuity briefly hovers above the surface and begins its 440-meter journey to the southwest. The video was shot on March 9, 2023. At the time of shooting the video, the rover was about 120 meters away from the helicopter.

This video was captured by the Mastcam-Z camera on board the NASA Perseverance rover on March 9, 2023. During the shooting of the video, the rover was about 120 meters from the helicopter. Authorship: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Despite the fact that they are controlled separately, NASA keeps both robots close to each other so that the devices can work in tandem. Ingenuity helps Perseverance to scout the area before it moves to its target. During this flight, Ingenuity reached an altitude of 12 meters, from which during the flight it took images for scientific purposes on its way. Later, it successfully landed at the Iota airfield.

Initially, the helicopter was designed for a 30-day technology demonstration and five flights at an altitude of 3-5 m lasting up to 90 seconds each. As of March 18, it has made almost 47 flights, regularly overcoming more than a hundred meters in the air of Mars.

In total, Perseverance and Ingenuity have been exploring the territory called the “Delta Top” for several months — a region in which a river and a lake could have been comfortable for life billions of years ago. 

Earlier, we reported on how Ingenuity made the longest flight in almost a year.

According to NASA

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