PIA25021: Ingenuity at Airfield J
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars 2020 Rover
 Spacecraft:  Perseverance
 Instrument:  Mastcam-Z 
 Product Size:  1648 x 1200 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter sits on a slightly inclined surface with about 6-degree tilt at the center of the frame. The location, "Airfield J" (the 10th airfield), is just north of the southern ridge of the "Séítah" geologic unit. The Mastcam-Z instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance rover took this image on Dec. 1, 2021 (the 279th Martian day, or sol, of Perseverance's mission), when the rotorcraft was about 970 feet (295 meters) from the rover.

Figure 1: An annotated version of this image highlights the location of Ingenuity.

The Mastcam-Z investigation is led and operated by Arizona State University in Tempe, working in collaboration with Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, California, on the design, fabrication, testing, and operation of the cameras, and in collaboration with the Neils Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen on the design, fabrication, and testing of the calibration targets.

A key objective for Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).

Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.

The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA's Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

JPL, which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations of the Perseverance rover.

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