The NASA Mars Helicopter Takes Flight With Strange Debris Stuck to Its Leg

  • The NASA Mars Helicopter
  • The Martian Surface
Photo: NASA

NASA‘s intrepid Ingenuity helicopter lifted off from the Martian surface for a brief reconfiguration flight, and it appeared to be accompanied by another light-colored, flowing object. The navigation photographs taken during the mission reveal a light-colored, flowing thing attached to the aircraft for at least part of the route.

The navigation camera is placed at the bottom of the rotorcraft. Ingenuity’s four feet typically appear in one corner of these images, but the rest are not visible. The streamer appeared in a different corner and seemed to flop around during flight.

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