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Mars Perseverance rover snaps selfie photo with Ingenuity helicopter

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(CNN)Just days after NASA's Perseverance rover gently dropped the Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars, the robot companions took a selfie together on Tuesday and beamed it back to Earth.
The rover used its robotic arm, which has a camera mounted on the end, to capture the image. The helicopter can be seen 13 feet (4 meters) away on the left side of the rover.
The camera, known as WATSON, or Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering, functions fittingly as part of the SHERLOC instrument, or Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman and Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals.
The selfie includes 62 individual images that have been stitched together by the mission's team on Earth. There is also an image where the rover can be seen looking back at Ingenuity.


Ingenuity had been stored in Perseverance's belly since before launch. When it separated from the rover on April 3, the helicopter passed a critical milestone: surviving the frigid Martian night without the rover's power supply to keep it warm.
The rover also used the zoomable cameras on its mast to capture a detailed look at Ingenuity sitting on the surface of Mars on April 5.

April is considered the month of Ingenuity. The first test flight of the helicopter, which will be the first powered, controlled flight on another planet, is scheduled for April 11. If all goes according to plan, NASA will share results from the flight on April 12.
 

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Really cool, isn’t it!

Just goes to show that progress is still being made all around us.

The dismal political climate and the Covid crisis notwithstanding.
 

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All it needs now is an Instagram account and it can be a solar media influencer.
 

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Impressive stuff, but I want more than just selfies! Joking aside the 'copter is a far quicker and more efficient way of exploring interesting sites that a rover could take hours to reach, and may not be able to access. Any idea what the range of the 'copter is and how NASA got it to work in such a thin atmosphere?
 

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Impressive stuff, but I want more than just selfies! Joking aside the 'copter is a far quicker and more efficient way of exploring interesting sites that a rover could take hours to reach, and may not be able to access. Any idea what the range of the 'copter is and how NASA got it to work in such a thin atmosphere?
This is a test vehicle with a ten day lifespan after first flight. The rotor blades are 4' long. That's what I know at the moment.
 

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Impressive stuff, but I want more than just selfies! Joking aside the 'copter is a far quicker and more efficient way of exploring interesting sites that a rover could take hours to reach, and may not be able to access. Any idea what the range of the 'copter is and how NASA got it to work in such a thin atmosphere?

It can only fly for 90 seconds at a time and, according to NASA, it’s just a “demonstration of technology.” So in other words a test.
 

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The truth is Marvin the Martian took the pictures.
 
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