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Cool image time! Today the Perseverance science team released the 200 images that Ingeniuty took during its 10th flight on July 24, 2021.
The photo to the right was taken about 25 seconds before the helicopter landed, and looks to the southwest. In the foreground can be seen the ridge of rocks and pebbles that the scientists sent Ingeniuty to photograph. In the distance can be seen the rim of Jezero Crater, about 7.5 miles away, with some rounded hills that sit in the crater floor about 5.5 miles away.
The white box indicates the area covered by two high resolution images taken by Perseverance on July 28th that I have combined into the panorama below.
Click for high resolution version. Original images found here and here.
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To the right is an overview map. The yellow lines roughly indicate what Perseverance’s panorama sees.
Unlike the distance photos by Curiosity of the foothills of Mount Sharp, which vary across a wide range of colors, this panorama of the rim of Jezero Crater suggests the geology here is far less varied. The softness of the hills also suggests a different level or manner of erosion than at Gale Crater.
The rim of Jezero is also not as high as Mount Sharp. Still, this panorama hints at the terrain that Perseverance — and hopefully Ingenuity — will see in the coming years as both work their way west to the crater rim, up onto the delta-like formation and into the gap from which that delta had flowed. The journey is not going to be boring visually, for sure.
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