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An Unknown Object Clings to NASA’s Mars Helicopter

An Unknown Object Clings to NASA's Mars Helicopter
An Unknown Object Clings to NASA's Mars Helicopter
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NASA ‘s Ingenuity helicopter rose from the Martian ground on September 24 for a short repositioning flight, and it apparently wasn’t alone on this flight. Navigation images from the flight show a light-colored object stuck to the helicopter for at least part of the journey.

The object definitely looks like a small piece of toilet paper and floats around the Earth as if it were stuck to the bottom of your shoe. NASA calls these unidentified things ” alien debris pieces .”

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What Object Is Being Investigated by NASA

The navigation camera is located at the bottom of the rotorcraft. Usually, one of Ingenuity’s four legs is visible in one corner of the images, but the rest is not. This object appeared in a different corner and seemed to fly around during the flight.

Images taken shortly after the flight show nothing unusual in the same spot, suggesting that the object may have crashed or disappeared out of camera range.

“All telemetry and post-flight data from the flight are nominal and show no signs of vehicle damage ,” NASA JPL said on Friday . He said they were investigating the source of the object .

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