How original is NASA’s Mars helicopter? The first plane on Mars apparently survived the Red Planet only on the first night, and today (April 5), you can get the latest scoops with two real-time video updates.
At 1 p.m. Eastern Time (1700 GMT), NASA will host the on-site Q&A session “Mars Helicopter Live Q&A: Only One Step Away from the First Flight”. You can watch live videos on Space.com and through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s YouTube channel. And, if you have any questions you want to answer, you can use the #MarsHelicopter hashtag to ask questions on social media.
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NASA announced today that after being deployed by the Perseverance Rover on Saturday (April 3), Ingenuity survived the first night on the surface of Mars. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) hopes that Ingenuity will make its first flight before April 11.
video: Watch NASA’s Mars helicopter unfold like a butterfly
The clever plane flew to the “red planet” hidden in the abdomen of NASA’s persevering rover. Since the rover successfully landed on Mars in Jezero Crater, the mission team has been working hard to prepare for the historic first flight of Ingenuity, which will be the first helicopter flight in another world.
First, the team must find a suitable area for the spacecraft to fly. Then, the spacecraft began to slowly unfold from below the rover. On the last Saturday of the recent past, the helicopter finally landed on the surface of Mars (intentionally, of course) after the perseverance came down.
“#MarsHelicopter landing confirmation! Its 293 million miles (471 million kilometers) journey on @NASAPersevere ended today with a 4 inch (10 cm) drop from the wanderer’s abdomen to the surface of Mars at the last minute. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Official Wrote in the Twitter announcement.
The officials ended the tweet with “The next milestone? Survive at night”, but, as JPL announced today, this helicopter has officially spent its first cold night on Mars.
It takes some time for the helicopter to deploy and deploy before it is fully ready to fly. Once fully prepared and deployed, the mission team hopes they can fly this small helicopter within 30 sol or Martian days (approximately 31 Earth days).
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