With the camera of the Ingenuity helicopter, NASA spotted the remains of a spacecraft on the Martian surface, completely destroyed.
Although the most committed ufologists want to think otherwise, the remains of spacecraft found by the US Space Agency on Mars are not of alien origin.
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Instead, they eventually tracked down the vehicle that carried the Perseverance rover to the Red Planet—and found it completely devastated upon impact landing.
In February 2021, Perseverance reached the Martian soil with a single mission: to search for signs of past or present life on the Red Planet. A year later, it seems that the NASA device has only registered silence, as reported by the agency in early April 2022.
An aerial survey by NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter revealed “otherworldly” images of the cone-shaped reinforcement that protected the robotic rover Perseverance during its fiery descent toward the Martian surface last year.
Entering, descending and landing on Mars is a challenge for any mission, as the rovers endure extreme gravitational forces, high temperatures and pressure changes as they enter the Martian atmosphere at nearly 12,500 miles (20,000 kilometers) per hour.
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While NASA’s Perseverance rover had the best-documented Mars landing in history, with cameras showing everything from parachute inflation to landing.
The rover also took images of the remains of the parachute and booster, scientists say the new images from the helicopter provide more detail and “a different point of view”.
“If it reinforces that our systems worked as we think they did or even provides an engineering information dataset that we can use for Mars sample return planning, that will be amazing. And if not, the visuals are phenomenal and inspiring,” Ian Clark, who worked on Perseverance’s parachute system, said in a statement.