Helicopter Ingenuity took first image on Mars with onboard camera and survived first Martian night

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On April 5, 2021 NASA revealed first colorful image from Mars Helicopter Ingenuity by its own onboard camera. According to NASA the image was taken on April 3, 2021, while the solar-powered rotorcraft was still beneath the rover after being deployed. A few higher-resolution images are expected to be acquired by this imager during each of Ingenuity’s test flights. View of the floor of Mars’ Jezero Crater and a portion of two wheels of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover was captured by the color imager aboard the agency’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter. A key objective for Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. Helicopter is part of that mission. This is the first time that Ingenuity has been on its own on the surface of Mars (sol 44). But we now have confirmation that we have the right insulation, the right heaters, and enough energy in its battery to survive the cold night, which is a big win for the team. We’re excited to continue to prepare Ingenuity for its first flight test.

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