The Perseverance Mars rover photographs its own landing debris

This image of Perseverance’s backshell sitting upright on the surface of Jezero Crater was collected from an altitude of 26 feet (8 meters) by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during its 26th flight at Mars on April 19, 2022.

On Mars, there is a unique type of “tumbleweed” rolling across the Martian plains.

These weeds aren’t plants: they’re pieces of debris from the entry, descent and landing (EDL) hardware of NASA’s Perseverance rover. Percy has been coming across many of these wrecks, photographing them for engineers to study.


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