Mars Rover Perseverance and Helicopter Ingenuity
A ground-breaking rover (literally it collects rocks) and a record-breaking helicopter are the newest residents of Mars.
Perseverance, the rover, will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock samples that may later be returned to Earth.
Ingenuity, the helicopter, will attempt the first powered flight on another planet.Learn More
The latest rover to land on Mars, "Percy" will explore ancient lake and delta deposits to determine what the ancient lake was like and whether there are any preserved biosignatures related to life on Mars.
Independent of the rover’s science mission, "Ginny" will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. While Mars has lower gravity at about one-third that of Earth, its atmosphere is only one percent as dense, which makes the helicopter’s task of getting off the ground much more difficult.
Drawing on the resources and research behind Smithsonian Channel’s documentary Making Tracks on Mars, Mission to Mars AR will allow anyone with a smartphone or tablet to participate in the mission through innovative augmented reality experiences grounded in the real equipment and events. Exploiting the latest technologies, the app will let viewers launch an Atlas V 541 rocket, interact with and drive “Percy” and its rover predecessors, fly the helicopter, and even step through a portal onto the planet to explore the present and future of Mars exploration.Explore Now