What’s up with NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity? Get the newest scoop on the interplanetary craft with two reside video updates as we speak (April 5).
At 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT), NASA will likely be internet hosting the reside Q&A session “Mars Helicopter Stay Q&A: One Step Nearer to First Flight.” You may watch the reside video on NASA TV, the company’s YouTube channel. And if in case you have any questions that you just’d like answered, you may ask them on social media with the hashtag #MarsHelicopter.
Proper after this session, at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT), the company can have a reside webinar, “Month of Ingenuity: Helicopter Flight Preview Webinar,” which anybody can entry here. Viewers can ask questions reside within the chat portion of the webinar, which is able to present updates in regards to the craft as we anticipate its first flight.
NASA expects Ingenuity to take its first flight no prior to April 11.
Ingenuity flew to the Pink Planet tucked into the stomach of NASA’s Perseverance rover. For the reason that rover efficiently landed on Mars in Jezero Crater, the mission group has been exhausting at work preparing for Ingenuity’s historic first flight, which would be the first helicopter flight on one other world.
First, the group needed to discover the proper space for the craft to take flight. Then, the craft started to slowly unfold from beneath the rover. Most not too long ago, this previous Saturday (April four), the helicopter lastly touched down on the Martian floor after Perseverance dropped it (on objective, after all).
“#MarsHelicopter landing confirmed! Its 293 million mile (471 million km) journey aboard @NASAPersevere ended with the ultimate drop of four inches (10 cm) from the rover’s stomach to the floor of Mars as we speak. officers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote in a Twitter announcement.
The officers ended the tweet with “Subsequent milestone? Survive the evening,” however, as JPL announced today, the helicopter has formally survived its first chilly Martian evening by itself.
It takes a while for the helicopter to unfold and deploy earlier than it is absolutely prepared for flight. As soon as it’s fully prepared and deployed, the mission group hopes that they may get the little helicopter flying inside 30 sols, or Mars days, (about 31 Earth days).
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