What happened to NASA’s Mars helicopter ingenuity? Get the latest information on the interplanetary spacecraft with two live video updates today (April 5).
At 1:00 PM ET (5:00 PM GMT), NASA will host a live Q&A session, Mars Helicopter Live Q&A: One Step Closer to First Flight. You can watch the live stream on NASA TV, the agency’s YouTube channel. And if you have questions that you want answers to, you can ask them on social networks with the hashtag #MarsHelicopter.
Immediately following this session, at 1:30 pm ET (5:30 pm GMT), the agency will host an online seminar “Month of Ingenuity: Helicopter Flight Preview Webinar” that anyone can access. Viewers can ask questions live in the webinar chat, which will provide updated information on the ship as we await its maiden flight.
NASA expects Ingenuity to make its maiden flight no earlier than April 11.
Video: Watch a NASA helicopter on Mars unfold like a butterfly
Ingenuity flew to the Red Planet in the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover. Since the rover successfully landed on Mars at Jezero Crater, the mission team has been hard at work preparing for the historic first Ingenuity flight, which will be the first helicopter flight in another world.
First, the team needed to find the right place for the ship to fly. Then the device began to slowly unfold from under the rover. More recently, last Saturday (April 4), a helicopter finally landed on the surface of Mars after Perseverance dropped it (intentionally, of course).
“#MarsHelicopter Landing Confirmed! Its 293 million miles (471 million km) voyage aboard @NASAPersevere ended today with a final fall 4” (10cm) from the rover’s belly to the surface of Mars. Officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote in a Twitter announcement…
The officials ended the tweet with the words, “Next milestone? Survive the night, ”but as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced today, the helicopter officially survived the first cold Martian night on its own.
It takes a while for the helicopter to turn around and turn around before it is fully ready to fly. Once it is fully ready and deployed, the mission team hopes that the small helicopter will fly for 30 evils, or Martian days (about 31 Earth days).
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