NASA is investigating a strange, mysterious object that is attached to their unique Mars helicopter.
The space agency’s helicopter Ingenuity, which searches for signs of life on the Red Planet, had something strange stuck to it, according to experts.
Just as the bot completed its 33rd successful flight, the debris was discovered.
These are referred to as foreign object debris (FOD) by a NASA official.
Eventually, the flappy object dropped off and landed back on the martian surface.
According to NASA, “This FOD was not visible in Navcam footage from the preceding flight (32)”.
From the first frames of the video until about halfway through, when it fell off the leg and drifted back to the Martian surface, the FOD is visible in the Flight 33 Navcam imagery.
“No evidence of vehicle damage is found in any of the telemetry from the flight or a post-flight search and transfer, which are all nominal.
The Mars 2020 Ingenuity and Perseverance teams are attempting to determine the origin of the debris.
On Mars, NASA’s robots occasionally make a lot of mistakes.
Usually, it turns out to be leftovers from previous missions.
Since the first crash landing on the red planet in 1971, human-made objects have been discovered all over the surface of Mars.
Nasa discovered a substance resembling spaghetti over the summer.
When Ingenuity and its rover companion Perseverance arrived on Mars in February 2021, it turned out to be net from that mission.
The rover has also seen its own image in the past.thermal blanket wedged in the jaws of a dinosaur-shaped rock.
Perseverance – What’s on board?
Perseverance is equipped with seven scientific instruments, 19 cameras, two microphones, and other equipment.
a “ray gun” for X-rays that will aid researchers in determining the makeup of Martian rock.
2. RIMFAX, or the Radar Imager for Mars’ Subsurface Experiment
a ground-penetrating radar capable of imaging objects up to a depth of 10 meters (33 feet), including meteorites, buried rocks, and even potential water sources.
3. Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA)
a number of sensors that can measure atmospheric conditions like pressure, wind direction and speed, temperature, and others.
4. Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE)
a test that will turn carbon dioxide from Mars into oxygen. Future Martian colonists could be supplied with breathable air using a scaled-up version of this technology.
a group of tools for remotely analyzing the chemical composition of rocks and regolith
a camera system that can create “3D” images by fusing two or more images together.
7. Raman and Luminescence Scanning for Organics and Chemicals in Habitable Environments (SHERLOC)
From Baker Street to Mars: Sherloc has an ultraviolet laser that will look for organic compounds in Martian rock.
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