It risked half the length of a football field.
April 26, 2021
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NASA‘S Skillful helicopter just finish a much more ambitious third flight. As Space.com report, Mars aircraft ventured about 164 feet north of its home base (more than half the length of one Soccer field) at around 4.5MPH. It may not sound like much, but Ingenuity only moved 13 feet at 1.1MPH on the second flight – this is far enough away to make you almost squint to see the dexterity in the photo above.
There were only two potential flights left before NASA finished its efforts in early May and shifted focus Perserverance rover’s The main task. However, expect these to be interesting. Project director Mimi Aung said the last two journeys should be “really risky” and the plane’s limited testing.
The successes so far will most likely have a significant impact on future Mars discovery. The ingenuity is evidence that the plane can fly over the planet despite its very low atmospheric density, and it is now more likely that later missions will use drones for reference. close to Mars from perspectives that was simply not available before.
The third flight in history books
Ours #MarsHelereo Continue to set records, fly faster and farther. Space helicopters are demonstrating key capabilities that could allow the addition of a dimension of space to future missions to Mars and beyond. https://t.co/TNCdXWcKWE pic.twitter.com/Uaxrr23Rfh
– NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) April 25, 2021