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Mars Backshell Wreckage

April 28 · Issue #1607 · View online
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This Overview of Mars, captured by NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, shows the wreckage of a “backshell” — a component that detached from the Perseverance rover when it landed on Mars in February 2021. We can also see the backshell’s 70-foot-wide (21-meter) parachute in frame.
The Ingenuity is a robotic helicopter that follows the Perseverance rover around Mars, taking photos as it hovers above the red planet’s surface. This photo was taken, along with 9 others, during its 26th flight last week, which lasted 159 seconds and spanned 1,181 feet (360 meters).

Source imagery: NASA
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