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Perseverance dumps debris shield in preparation for Ingenuity deployment

Dumped debris shield under Perseverance
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On March 21st the Perseverance engineering team released the debris shield that had been attached to the bottom of the rover to protect the Ingenuity helicopter during its journey to Mars, and thus began the deployment process for releasing the helicopter itself.

The photo to the right, cropped and reduced to post here, shows that debris shield on the ground. The rover will next drive away from this spot and find the flat area where the helicopter will be placed on the ground for its April flight.

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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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  • Jay

    Up for sale on eBay in 2064 – One slightly used debris shield, once belonging to the rover “Perseverance”. Minimum bid $100,000. Shipping not included.

    I am looking forward to the flight of Ingenuity and how it will handle the thin atmosphere. I saw that it was built by AeroVironment, my team competed against them many years ago in a technology challenge, and I have no doubts that it will succeed.

  • Mike

    This is a real game changer for exploring. If we can get the engineering down here, we can go big next mission and cover more ground than ever.
    So awesome.

  • Andi

    One would hope that they tested it in a vacuum chamber set to the right pressure so at least they should have an idea how much lift the rotors can generate

  • Jeff Wright

    Debris cover my foot. That’s the oil pan-no wonder it squeaks…:-/

  • Edward_2

    Oil pan gasket leaked.

  • Ray Van Dune

    Andi, it was tested in a vacuum chamber simulating Mars’ tenuous atmosphere, and also suspended to simulate Mars’ lower gravity. There’s no flies on JPL.

  • Cotour

    Just one more example of white male dominated culture beginning to leave their trash and destroy the environment, now on Mars!


    I think we all know what must be done.

  • Star Bird

    Running out of Delithium Chrystal’s

  • Cotour wrote:

    “Just one more example of white male dominated culture beginning to leave their trash and destroy the environment, now on Mars!


    I think we all know what must be done.”

    Yes, yes we do. We must find new worlds to explore (exploit). We must render the Universe more habitable. Even if from a Human-centric viewpoint. Yes.

    And the Prime Directive. Don’t forget that.

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