Small helicopter aboard NASA Rover perseverance He first looked at the red planet.
4 lbs. Chopper (1.8 kg), technical offer His name is ingenuityTravel to Mars connected to the belly of perseverance. Over the weekend, persistence dropped the debris shield protecting creativity during the epic landing on February 18th on the Jezero Crater floor.
This move helps pave the way for Ingenuity’s test flights, which could happen Once the first week of April.
“Move away from the debris shield, and that’s my first look at the helicopter. It’s stored sideways, folded and pinned into place, so there is some reverse origami to do before I can install it. First, I’ll be out” NASA officials wrote Sunday (March 21) that The designated ‘Helipad’ is a two-day drive from here Through the official Twitter account of the rover.
We’ll learn more about this helipad, and the rest of Ingenuity’s flight plan, during a NASA press conference tomorrow (March 23) at 1:30 PM EST (1730 GMT). You can watch the event Live here at Space.com, With permission from NASA, or Directly via the space agency.
No helicopter has ever flown in an extraterrestrial world. NASA hopes the innovation will change that, and in a big way: Successful sorties of the Bantam helicopter could Mars has opened for intense aerial exploration In the future, NASA officials said.
After Ingenuity’s few journeys are over, the perseverance will begin to focus seriously on its main missions: searching for old signs Life of Mars And collect samples to return to Earth in the future. Members of the expedition team said the 28-mile (45 kilometers) wide island of Jezero is a great place to do such work. Observations made by orbiter on Mars show that the crater hosted a large, deep lake and river delta billions of years ago.
Creativity is one of two demonstrations of technology on board of persistence. The other, an instrument called the MOXIE (“Mars resource use experiment with Martian oxygen”), is designed to generate oxygen from the thin Martian atmosphere dominated by carbon dioxide. NASA officials said the extended versions of MOXIE could one day help humanity set up a store on the red planet.
Mike Wall is the author ofAbroad“(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; drawing by Karl Tate), a book on the search for an alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.