Color-enhanced image of the “Castell Henllys” region in Jezero Crater taken by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.

May 26, 2023

This color-enhanced image of the “Castell Henllys” region in Jezero Crater was taken by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during the rotorcraft’s 48th flight on March 21, 2023, the 741st Martian day, or sol, of the Perseverance rover’s mission. At the time the image was taken, the helicopter was at an altitude of about 40 feet (12 meters).

This image and others taken during the flight provided advanced reconnaissance to Perseverance scientists and planners roughly two weeks before the rover reached this area.

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

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.




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