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NASA Picture of the Day: Ingenuity: A Mini-Helicopter Now on Mars
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What if you could fly around Mars? NASA may have achieved that capability last month with the landing of Perseverance, a rover which included a small flight-worthy companion called Ingenuity, nicknamed Ginny. Even though Ginny is small -- a toaster-sized helicopter with four long legs and two even-longer (1.2-meter) rotors, she is the first of her kind -- there has never been anything like her before. After being deployed, possibly in April, the car-sized Perseverance ("Percy") will back away to give Ginny ample room to attempt her unprecedented first flight.
The Benefits Of Perseverance
The 28 mile wide Jezero Crater sits on the western edge of Isidis Planitia, a giant impact basin slightly north of the Martian equator. Jezero was chosen as 3.5 billion years ago the crater probably had its own river delta and was filled with water. And where there's water there…
An illustration of NASA’s Perseverance rover landing on Mars. Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Asteroid Flybys Over the next 7 Days
NameDateMin Dia. (m)Max Dia. (m)Rel. Velocity (mph)Miss Distance (miles)
(1999 RM45)2nd Mar30568244,8231,820,685
462550 (2009 CB3)3rd Mar33374461,6767,002,311
86039 (1999 NC43)4th Mar1732387257,51932,598,384
99942 Apophis (2004 MN4)6th Mar30568210,25510,471,600
138127 (2000 EE14)6th Mar1048234433,73915,625,899
(2016 EJ56)8th Mar12728457,03526,022,678
(2010 KQ10)9th Mar12427929,73720,934,439
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