NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter provided a rare 3D view of a rock-covered mound on the Martian surface. The image of the geologic target, which the Mars rover team calls “Faillefeu”, was captured during Ingenuity's 13th flight on September 4.
"About 33 feet (10 meters) wide, the mound is visible just north of the center of the image, with some large rocks casting shadows. Stretching across the top of the image is a portion of “Artuby,” a ridgeline more than half a mile (900 meters) wide," NASA said.
The space agency further informed that at the bottom of the image, and running vertically up into the middle, there were a few of the many sand ripples that populate the South Seítah region of Mars’ Jezero Crater.
The 3D view, which is also called an anaglyph, is best viewed with red-blue glasses. It was created by combining data from two images.
The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter that reached Mars shrouded in the belly of the SUV-sized Perseverance rover is the first to fly beyond Earth. The rotorcraft has been able to fly in the thin Martian atmosphere, displaying the engineering marvel from NASA.
The Ingenuity team created history by flying an aircraft on another planet and adding the critical aerial element in interplanetary exploration.
"A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith," NASA said.
NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter captures 3D view of rock-covered mound on Martian surface