The rover used its robotic arm, which has a camera mounted on the end, to capture the image. The helicopter is visible 4 meters (13 feet) on the left side of the rover.
The camera, known as WATSON, or Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and Engineering, works perfectly as part of the SHERLOC instrument, or analyzes living environments with Raman and luminescence for organics and chemicals.
The rover also used the zoomable cameras on its mast to capture a detailed look at Ingenuity sitting on the surface of Mars on April 5.
Ingenuity is equipped with cameras and can take its own photos. The 4-pound helicopter has already returned a small color image of the Martian surface.
April is considered the month of ingenuity. The helicopter’s first test flight, which will be the first powered and controlled flight to another planet, is scheduled for April 11. If all goes according to plan, NASA will share the results of the flight on April 12.
For the first few days of Ingenuity alone on the Martian surface, MEDA recorded a high daytime temperature of minus 7.6 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 117.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind gusts up to 22 miles per hour.
“We are very happy to see MEDA working well,” Manuel de la Torre Juárez, Deputy Principal Investigator for MEDA, said in a statement. “MEDA reports will provide a better picture of the near-surface environment. Data from MEDA and other instrument experiments will reveal more puzzles on Mars and help prepare for human exploration. Our missions more safe. “
On the first flight, Ingenuity will throw its 4-foot blades, lift 10 feet in the air, make a turn, and come back down for a landing after 30 seconds.
Within hours of the flight, Perseverance will return the helicopter data, along with any images or videos captured by the rover from a safe distance to a location overlooking the flat terrain where Ingenuity is currently located.
The data and images will help mission teams at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Determine if the first flight was successful.
Ingenuity will perform up to five flights over a period of 31 Earth days, or 30 sols on Mars. Then the technological experiment will end. Meanwhile, the Perseverance rover will spend the next two years exploring Jezero Crater, the site of a lake 3.9 billion years ago, in search of ancient microbial life.