NASA’s Perseverance, Ingenuity Spacecrafts Begins Search for Ancient Life on Mars

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It’s been nearly two years since the tiny helicopter Ingenuity and the one-ton rover Perseverance left planet Earth and they’ve come a very long way since then. (nasa.gov image)

(CBS NEWS) – It’s been nearly two years since the tiny helicopter Ingenuity and the one-ton rover Perseverance left planet Earth and they’ve come a very long way since then.

In February, last year, they landed in a hazardous and previously unexplored part of Mars called the Jezero Crater, where Perseverance is looking for signs of ancient life.

Two months after landing, Ingenuity disconnected from Perseverance’s belly and made history – performing the first flights ever in the atmosphere of another planet.

It’s hard to imagine, but worth remembering, as you watch this story we first reported last year, that this all happened millions of miles away, in outer space.

Last year, on April 6, in this desolate Martian crater, 170 million miles from Earth, Perseverance posed for a selfie with Ingenuity, the little helicopter it had just dropped off.

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