Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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Ingenuity’s images from 16th flight on November 21st

Ingenuity color image from 16th flight
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Cool image time! The photo to the right, reduced and enhanced to post here, was the first color image taken by Ingenuity during its 16th flight on Mars on November 21st. The picture was taken about fifteen seconds after take-off, and I think looks west toward the rim of Jezero Crater in the distance.

The flight itself was relatively short, essentially a quick hop about 380 feet to the north to land at the edge of the rough area dubbed Seitah. The team is going to slowly take the helicopter back to its initial landing field, Wright field, over several hops. This was the first.

If you want to peruse all 113 images from the flight, go here and set the sol range from 268 (November 20) to 274 (November 26). That will show all 113 images taken during the November 21st flight.


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  • Chris

    Does Ingenuity have a light that illuminates the area of the photograph? The photos often show an illuminated area in the center as if so. This may be a characteristic of the digital sensor. From previous posts I learned (and should have realized this) that the Martian surface is much darker than Earth being the fourth rock from the Sun.
    I did a cursory search on this question but did not find anything.

  • Chris asked: “Does Ingenuity have a light that illuminates the area of the photograph?”

    I wondered the same thing, and could not find any information on a light on Ingenuity. Seems odd, as the area is certainly lit, and, as has been noted on this forum, the ambient light on Mars is dim.

  • Andi

    I wonder if the images are enhanced before being released? I don’t think the sky on Mars is blue.

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