NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter captures Mars rock in 3D

The Ingenuity helicopter provided a 3D view of the rock-covered hill during its 13th flight on September 4. NASA recently processed and released the image.

During its 13th flight, Ingenuity posted images of the rock-covered hill. It was possible to make color images from 8 meters – no one photographed this geological formation closer. The width of the hill is about 10 m. In the upper part of the image there is a part of the “Artuba”, a ridge more than 900 m wide. From the bottom and to the middle of the image, several sand dunes of the South Seit are visible. This is the hilly region of the Martian crater Jezero.

This anaglyph is best viewed with red and blue glasses. It was obtained by combining data from two images taken with a color camera on board Ingenuity at a distance of 5 meters from each other.

Earlier, Ingenuity took a black and white photograph of the planet during its 12th flight to Mars as part of a NASA exploration mission. “The last flight of a Mars helicopter led us to a geological miracle – the South Séítah region,” the department said.

The Ingenuity helicopter was delivered to Mars along with the Perseverance rover on February 18, 2021 after almost 7 months of flight. The first flight took place on April 19. The $ 85 million helicopter was the first aircraft launched on another planet.

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