You’ll need keen eyes to spot NASA’s Mars Helicopter in this rover image

This story is part of Welcome to Marsour series that explores the red planet.

NASA’s Perseverance rover is not alone in Jezero Crater on Mars. Its superior companion, the Ingenuity Helicopter, is still in the air. Percy is an avid photographer, but he doesn’t take many photos of the elusive creativity. There’s a new shot of the helicopter, but it’ll take all of your image-hunting skills to find it in a Martian landscape.

The image was taken from one of the mast-mounted cameras on January 8, just days after the helicopter completed its 38th flight. The view shows a wide, rocky stretch of Jezero along with some noticeable wheel tracks left by the rover. Wavy sand dunes appear in the distance.

Ingenuity’s latest aerial adventure carried 363 feet (110 meters) across Mars on a repositioning flight. The helicopter team works to keep her reasonably close to Percy so the two can keep in touch.

At first, you might suspect that creativity really exists in the rover photo. Keep in mind that the main body of the rotorcraft is about the size of a tissue box. Expand the offer for a better chance of finding creativity:

Expand this rover offer and see if you can find NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter.

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Still looking? Here is another tip. NASA map The current rover and helicopter locations give a good top-down look at the Martian terrain. Judging from the satellite view, you can narrow down how creative appears in the photo.

This cropped view shows part of Jezero Crater with some of the Perseverance wagon flights outlined by white lines. The rover’s location as of Sol 670 is highlighted in blue. The Ingenuity website is also marked with a blue icon towards the top.


Ingenuity is a history maker that marks the first powered and controlled flight on another planet. The plane first took to the Martian air in April 2021 and has lived much longer than its expected lifespan. NASA wasn’t sure if it would fly once, but now it has made dozens of flights.

Still looking? Here you are:

Creativity chills on the dunes on Mars.

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If you blow up the image and adjust for contrast, you can tell the Ingenuity’s angled legs and boxy body.

I scroll through Percy’s pics of Mars almost every day, but I didn’t even notice the helicopter until a Twitter user DejaSu pointed it out. “The Creation is in the closest/best view we have seen in a very long time, safely in thelight 38 landing area on the side of a shallow sand ripple, about 280m NE,” DejaSu tweeted.

For even more fun, you can try cross-eyed DejaSu 3D by looking at the two images and then crossing your eyes to make a 3D version of it appear. I can get it to work with some eyeballing.

NASA has recognized the long-range robots of Percy and Ingenuity. “Mars Helicopter and I are closer together than we’ve been in a while, and guess who I’ve seen resting on the dunes between flights,” Team Perseverance tweeted Wednesday.

Mars is full of natural wonders, from A A cat-like rock To the slope-like face. But some amazing things are the ones that humanity has sent there. Like a helicopter. on Mars.