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May 25, 2023

Perseverance's Mastcam-Z Views Ingenuity's 47th Takeoff

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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is seen here at the starting point of its 47th flight on Mars.

This video shows the dust initially kicked up by the helicopter's spinning rotors, as well as Ingenuity taking off, hovering, and beginning its 1,444-foot (440-meter) journey to the southwest.

The rotorcraft landed — off camera — at Airfield "Iota."

The video was captured by the Mastcam-Z imager aboard NASA's Perseverance rover on March 9, 2023.

At the time the video was taken, the rover was about 394 feet (120 meters) from the helicopter.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations of the Perseverance rover.

Arizona State University leads the operations of the Mastcam-Z instrument, working in collaboration with Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, on the design, fabrication, testing, and operation of the cameras, and in collaboration with the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen on the design, fabrication, and testing of the calibration targets.

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was built by JPL, which manages the project for NASA Headquarters.

It is supported by NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley and NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, provided significant flight performance analysis and technical assistance during Ingenuity's development.

AeroVironment Inc., Qualcomm, and SolAero also provided design assistance and major vehicle components.

Lockheed Martin Space designed and manufactured the Mars Helicopter Delivery System.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

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NASA is regularly flying a robotic helicopter around Mars while a car-sized rover below zaps rocks with a laser as it searches for potential signs of past life.

The space agency recently celebrated the Ingenuity helicopter's 50th flight over the Martian desert, as it flew well over 1,000 feet and reached an altitude of nearly 60 feet.

"Just as the Wright brothers continued their experiments well after that momentous day at Kitty Hawk in 1903, the Ingenuity team continues to pursue and learn from the flight operations of the first aircraft on another world," Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said in a statement.

While announcing the landmark flight, NASA also included recent footage of Ingenuity's 47th flight (top).

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