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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages many of NASA's robotic missions exploring Earth, the solar system and our universe. Tweets from JPL's News Office.

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@NasaPersevere 's search for past life begins. The rover’s science phase kicks off by heading to an overlook in Jezero Crater. The goal is to find 4 spots to collect samples. 👀Check out this 360 view: Best viewed in app @YouTube 

Keeping a sharp eye in space. Learn about some of our newest space-exploring cameras. Imaging experts from @NasaPersevere  & @MarsCuriosity  will show you how they capture extraordinary photos from millions of miles away. May 20, 7pm PT (10pm ET/0200 GMT):

Dropping in with a #MarsHelicopter  update! The rotorcraft will attempt its 6th flight in the next week, taking stereo images of a place of interest and landing at a new location. The plan calls for a speed boost to 9mph (4m/sec) and ~140 seconds in flight.

Just keep flying 🚁 #MarsHelicopter  completed its 6th flight. Despite unexpected motion from an image processing issue, Ingenuity muscled through the final ~65 meters of its 215-meter journey, landed safely & is ready to fly again. The chief pilot explains

Postcards from a Martian helicopter. 💌 All of the raw images straight from the #MarsHelicopter ’s two cameras are available for your viewing and downloading pleasure here:

How do you get rid of dirt? By adding more dirt! Read about the crazy idea to clean the solar panels on @NASAInSight  and how it worked to give the Mars lander a small power boost.

Up, up and away. 🚁 The next #MarsHelicopter  flight will take place no earlier than June 6. Ingenuity will fly ~350 ft (106 m) south of its current location, marking the second time the rotorcraft will land in a new airfield that wasn’t surveyed up close.

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📸 Behold, Ganymede! #JunoMission  conducted historic flybys of Jupiter’s largest moon and captured these stunning images of the icy orb. The detailed photos show craters, the terrain and long structural features possibly linked to tectonic faults.

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Another successful flight 👏 #MarsHelicopter  completed its 7th flight and second within its operations demo phase. It flew for 62.8 seconds and traveled ~106 meters south to a new landing spot. Ingenuity also took this black-and-white navigation photo during flight.

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The little rotorcraft that could.?? Ingenuity documented its historic ascent today. Here's the #MarsHelicopter 's POV during first flight. That's its shadow on the ground below.

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We’re in the home stretch. The #MarsHelicopter  has lowered all four legs and is in position to touch down on the Martian surface. Once it’s fully ready, @NasaPersevere  will release it gently to the surface.

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?Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle ? With just a little bit of swing, the #MarsHelicopter  has moved its blades & spun to 50 rpm in preparation for first flight! Takeoff is slated for April 11, with confirmation expected overnight into April 12 for us Earthlings.

Witness the historic moment in full. The Mastcam-Z cameras on @NasaPersevere  show us the takeoff, hovering and landing of the #MarsHelicopter .

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