NASA’s Mars Helicopter Prepares For 7th Flight On Sunday
Liftoff of NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity will occur no later than today if all goes to plan, according to a NASA press release.
Ingenuity, a small robotic helicopter weighing no more than 4 pounds, is preparing for its seventh flight today. The mission is to fly Ingenuity 350 feet south from its current location on the floor of Jezero Crater.
“This will mark the second time the helicopter will land at an airfield that it did not survey from the air during a previous flight,” NASA wrote. “Instead, the Ingenuity team is relying on imagery collected by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that suggests this new base of operations is relatively flat and has few surface obstructions.”
On May 22, Ingenuity flew its sixth mission that did not go so well. The solar-powered helicopter experienced glitches that interrupted internal systems. There was no mention of what caused the glitches; the craft was able to land safely.
Ingenuity has marvelously performed five flights and beamed incredible images from Mars back to Earth.
NASA also has the Perseverance rover conducting land-based missions in the search for life.
In the last couple of months, the Red Planet has become a hotspot for the US and China, with China landing a rover of its own on the planet.
Sudden interest in Mars between both countries is because the planet allegedly has an abundance of rare metals that will power tomorrow’s economy.
Sun, 06/06/2021 – 16:30