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.

Perseverance Mars rover photographs its own landing debris

On Mars, there’s a unique kind of “tumbleweed” rolling across the Martian plains.

These tumbleweeds aren’t plants – they are pieces of debris from the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) hardware from NASA’s Perseverance rover. Percy has been coming across many of these remnants, photographing them so that engineers can study them.

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