NASA's four-pound Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, during its most recent flight to Mars, captured a heart-shaped feature among the tracks that the six-wheeled Perseverance rover made.

Space.com report specified, the heart in the captured image shows where the Perseverance rover took a slight detour, probably to examine some interesting tock or patch of dirt before it went back to its original path and headed on its way.

Or, the report added, if many people's inclinations run in "less literal, less factual directions," the ground-breaking robot was sending a message of support to its aerial partner.

The Perseverance rover, with a size similar to a car's, landed with Ingenuity as described on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory site of NASA, attached to its belly, in February this year on the floor of the Jezero Crater of Mars, which harbored a huge lake and a river data in the ancient past.

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Science Times - Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Captures Heart-Shaped Feature; Showing the Site Perseverance Took a Slight Detour
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

Captured Images

In early April, this small helicopter deployed on the red dirt, kicking off a month-long, five-flight campaign developed to present that aerial exploration is achievable on Mars.

Ingenuity aced that the original technology-demonstrating mission was rewarded with an extension that aims to show the scouting potential capability of the Mars rotorcraft.

For instance, the Perseverance team is looking forward to examining the photos captured by Ingenuity on Sunday's sortie, which flew over a rugged region also known as Séítah, said the handlers of the helicopter.

Captured in the images are rock outcrops to exhibit contacts between the major geologic units on the floor of Jezero Crater, Harvard Grip, Ingenuity chief pilot, and Ken Williford, Perseverance deputy project scientist wrote in an update on Flight 9 middle of this week, as indicated in the NASA website.

They include a system as well, of fractures the team calls "Raised Ridges," which the scientists of the rover are hoping to visit partly to study if an ancient subsurface habitat might be preserved, sad Willford and Grip, both of whom are based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

Quest for Signs of Ancient Life on Mars

The duo also said, finally, they are hoping the color images will offer the closest look yet, at Pilot Pinnacle, a site that features outcrops that some members of the team think, may record some of the deepest water environments in old Lake Jezero.

Given the tight schedule of the mission, it is probable that they will not be able to visit these rocks with the rover, thus, Ingenuity may provide the only opportunity to examine these deposits in any detail.

The main mission goals of the Perseverance involved searching for signs of ancient Mars life on the floor of Jezero and collecting and caching samples for future return to this planet.

Ingenuity's Extended Mission

The rover started to focus on the science work in earnest when Ingenuity reached the completion of its original technology-demonstrating mission.

The extended mission of Ingenuity is expected to last at least a couple of months more, provided the chopper stays in good condition, with a flight approximately every two weeks, on average, during that span.

The helicopter team has been pushing the limits of Ingenuity during the extended phase, as the most recent flight shown.

Early this week, Ingenuity flew farther at 2,051 feet and faster at 18 kilometers per hour, and stayed aloft longer at 166 seconds, than it ever had in the past.

A related report about the image Ingenuity captured is shown on iGadgetPro's YouTube video below:

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