Ingenuity: a glance at Mars
To think of a world beyond our own that can potentially support life feels like the plot of a science fiction novel. However, the relentless work of generations of scientists is slowly transforming this seemingly impossible idea into reality with research on Mars. In an effort to bring us a step closer in learning more about Mars, scientists from NASA recently launched Perseverance, a space rover meant to collect data (specifically rock and soil samples) that may suggest the existence of ancient life forms on Mars.
Along with Perseverance came Ingenuity, a drone-like helicopter that was attached to the bottom of Perseverance before its flight to Mars as a technological demonstration. Upon its launch into space, scientists were unsure of whether Ingenuity would successfully maneuver itself through Mars’ extremely thin atmosphere, even after performing many tests on the helicopter before its expedition. Their hard work paid off when the flight of Ingenuity became the first ever powered and controlled flight on a world beyond Earth.
With the help of the photos collected by both Perseverance and Ingenuity’s revolutionary flight on Mars, we can now look deeper into the details of the Martian terrain.