Washington, United States:
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter may make its first flight over the Red Planet as quickly as Monday, the US area company reported, following a delay of greater than per week because of a doable technical concern.
The mini-helicopter’s journey will mark the first-ever powered, managed flight on one other planet, and can assist NASA reap invaluable information in regards to the situations on Mars.
“NASA is focusing on no sooner than Monday, April 19, for the primary flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter,” the area company reported Saturday.
Data will return to Earth “a couple of hours following the autonomous flight,” which might take off at roughly 3:30 am (0730 GMT), NASA mentioned.
Ingenuity’s first journey was initially set for final Sunday, however was delayed after a possible concern emerged throughout a high-speed check of the four-pound (1.8 kilogram) helicopter’s rotors.
NASA calls the unprecedented helicopter operation extremely dangerous: The flight is a problem as a result of the air on Mars is so skinny — lower than one p.c of the strain of Earth’s environment.
The helicopter arrived on Mars hooked up to the underside of the Perseverance rover, which touched down on February 18.
After the helicopter’s flight, Ingenuity will ship Perseverance technical information on what it has finished, and that info can be transmitted again to Earth.
The helicopter mission is be the equal on Mars of the primary powered flight on Earth — by the Wright brothers in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A bit of cloth from that airplane has been tucked inside Ingenuity in honor of that feat.