NASAIngenuity helicopter Mars I snapped a new image of the wreckage of a spaceship on the red planet. But it wasn’t an alien.
An image snapped from a height of 26 feet earlier this month shows a dust-covered cable connecting the backshell to the supersonic parachute used during the last year. Nail bitter landing..
This image of the Perseverance backshell (center left) and supersonic parachute (far right) was collected from an altitude of 26 feet by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter on April 19, 2022. (Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech)
According to the space agency, the cable seems to be intact.
“The backshell and parachute helped protect the rover in deep space during a heavy descent to the surface of Mars,” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said. Said in a news release..
The cable came out of the backshell to a supersonic parachute, bringing the Ingenuity helicopter and Perseverance slover to Mars. (Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech)
According to NASA, the debris field is the result of a backshell and parachute that collided with the surface of Mars at 78 mph after releasing the Perseverance Rover, which landed much more gently with a rocket-propelled descent.
“The canopy shows no signs of damage from inflating supersonic airflow,” NASA said.
The image shows only about one-third of a 70-foot-wide parachute.
Supersonic parachute. (Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech)
NASA said image analysis may help provide insights for future missions to Mars.
“Persevierance has recorded the best ever landing on Mars, with the camera showing everything from parachute expansion to landing,” said Ian Clark, a former Perseverance system engineer and current Mars sample return rising phase leader. teeth, Said in a news release.. “But the Ingenuity image provides another perspective. Emphasize that our system worked as we thought it worked, or a dataset of engineering information that could be used for Mars’ sample return planning. If you offer even one, it’s amazing. Otherwise, the photos are still amazing and exciting. “
Powered by NASA’s largest and most advanced rover, plutonium, patience looks for signs of life in areas where scientists believe it was once a delta. We also take samples, seal them in tubes, collect them, and leave them for future missions to return to Earth.
This article was originally HuffPost It has been updated.