NASA photographs a helicopter on the surface of Mars from space

ByDavid M. Conte

Apr 13, 2022

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached Mars in 2006 and was tasked with studying the Red Planet’s geology and climate.


Although the orbiter did an excellent job of observing the geology of Mars from a distance, it was also used for other purposes. NASA pointed the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera at the surface of Mars to spot the two new Mars members, NASA’s Perseverance rover and the Mars helicopter Ingenuity, which landed together in early 2021 .

Images taken by NASA’s orbiter show a top-down view of Perseverance exploring the fissured surface of a rock formation called “Maaz“, which translates from Navajo to English as”March“. Located about 650 feet to the left of Perseverance, Ingenuity sits calmly on Martian bedrock. Recently, Perseverance fell on its own parachute and snapped some images which a Twitter user passionately captured. More information about this story can be found here.

NASA photographs a helicopter on the surface of Mars from space 20 |

Ingenuity is circled in red and perseverance is circled in yellow.

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Jak joined the TweakTown team in 2017 and has since reviewed hundreds of new tech products and kept us up to date with the latest science and space news daily. Jak’s love of science, space and technology, and specifically PC gaming, began when he was 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. From that day on, Jak fell in love with games and the advancement of the tech industry in all its forms. Instead of a typical FPS, Jak holds a very special place in his heart for RTS games.