NASA’s innovation helicopter flew to Mars for the 31st time, making a short jump that brought it close to the ancient Red Planet’s river delta.
during Mars The release took place on Tuesday, September 6, at 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms). cleverness It flew for about 56 seconds and traveled about 318 feet (97 meters) in a horizontal distance, according to Team trip log mission (Opens in a new tab).
The flight transported creativity to the long, dry remnants of a river delta that were the small helicopter’s robotic partner, NASA perseverance roverIt was explored for about five months.
In February 2021, creativity and persistence descended together inside the 45-kilometre-wide Jezero Crater, which was home to a river delta and a large lake billions of years ago.
Perseverance is the search for signs of the old Mars life collecting rock samples Back to Earth in the future. Creativity acts as a scout that helps the perseverance team choose the best leadership path and set rocky, scientifically promising goals.
This is not the role that was originally assigned to Ingenuity; It is a technical demonstration designed for a five-flight mission to show that helicopter flight is possible in Mars atmospherewhich is barely 1% thicker than the Earth’s surface at sea level.
Creativity successfully completed this core mission and was soon granted an extension to perform its current, more focused reconnaissance work.
Tuesday’s trip was the first for creativity in A Jump 33 seconds on August 20 which covers only 6.5 feet (2 m) of Martian soil. The August 20 issue was primarily designed to get the dust off Ingenuity’s solar panels and ensure that the little robot is still in top shape after two months of relative inactivity.
was creativity On the ground since June 11Waiting for the cold and dust of winter on the land of Jezero.
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