Flying Around On Mars!
I’m so excited to share this incredible news!
NASA space history on Mars Monday – by flying around on the planet!
The Perseverance rover landed on Mars in February, and has already sent back picture, audio and even video from the surface.
Now it’s the Ingenuity helicopter’s turn for some exploration.
Perseverance recorded video of Ingenuity making the first-ever controlled, powered flight on Mars, which you can watch above. Ingenuity captured this photo during flight.
NASA explained what makes this so special:
“For the first flight, the helicopter will take off a few feet from the ground, hover in the air for about 20 to 30 seconds, and land. That will be a major milestone: the very first powered flight in the extremely thin atmosphere of Mars,” NASA explained on its website. “After that, the team will attempt additional experimental flights of incrementally farther distance and greater altitude. After the helicopter completes its technology demonstration, Perseverance will continue its scientific mission.”
Here is the video released from NASA:
This is so exciting! Bravo to the entire team involved – I also posted the dramatic landing video when they landed on the surface:
You can see more of that dramatic landing, and more shots of the surface of “the angry red planet” by clicking on my story here;
That’s the surface of Jupiter, looking very much like an abstract painting!
You can see more images from this journey to Jupiter by clicking on my story here:
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Well said, Pete, I agree as Mars is unlikely to support human life it does seem to be a waste of money that could be put to better use…So two “space grumps”…:) x
A small flight on Mars, a large step in science.
I have a very different take on all this, as I consider it to be a monumental waste of money. To fly a drone three feet in the air on another planet probably cost as much as building more than a few hospitals. They already know that Mars is unlikely to ever support human life in any accepted sense, so I really don’t get it.
But then I have never seen the point of it since Gagarin. Just me, being a ‘Space grump’. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.