UNSPECIFIED: In this concept illustration provided by NASA, NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter stands on the Red Planet's surface as NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover (partially visible on the left) rolls away. NASA's Perseverance (Mars 2020) rover will store rock and soil samples in sealed tubes on the planet's surface for future missions to retrieve in the area known as Jezero crater on the planet Mars. A key objective for Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. (Photo illustration by NASA via Getty Images)
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机智号直升机在火星上的试飞仍在继续,来到第六次飞行,过程出现了一些问题。在起飞 54 秒后,机智号的导航相机遭遇了掉帧的情况,由此引发的时间戳错误,令飞控软件无法正常使用导航相机拍摄的图像来正确判断环境和调整误差。

不过面对这样的突发状况,机智号还是凭借其它组件的正常工作,克服「异常」完成了最后 65 米的飞行。虽然跟原定的落地位置相比偏差了大约 5 米,但终究还是安全降落,也算是积累了一些不同的经验吧。目前 NASA 的工程师已经在着力修复问题,接下来机智号再度上天的可能性应该还是比较大的。