NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter could may fly on Monday


 

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter could make its first flight over Mars on Monday and it was confirmed by NASA. The flyover becomes some delay of more than a week due to a possible technical issue. The mini helicopter trip will mark the first-ever powered, controlled flight on another planet, and will help NASA reap invaluable data about the conditions on Mars.


NASA said, NASA is targeting no earlier than Monday, April 19, for the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Data will return to Earth a few hours following the autonomous flight, which would take off at approximately 3:30 am (0730 GMT).


Ingenuity's first trip was initially set for last Sunday but was delayed after a potential issue emerged during a high-speed test of the four-pound (1.8 kilograms) helicopter's rotors.


NASA calls the unprecedented helicopter operation highly risky and the flight is a challenge because the air on Mars is so thin less than one percent of the pressure of Earth's atmosphere.


After the helicopter's flight, Ingenuity will send Perseverance technical data on what it has done, and that information will be transmitted back to Earth. The helicopter mission is to be the equivalent on Mars of the first powered flight on Earth by the Wright brothers in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A piece of fabric from that plane has been tucked inside Ingenuity in honor of that feat.

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