NASA helicopter on Mars Less than a week away from the first flight to the Red Planet, and the space agency wants to share this epic feat with students via an online broadcast on Thursday (April 8).
At 1:00 pm ET (5:00 pm GMT) Thursday, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will give kids a lecture on ingenuity. The live stream will be available on NASA’s JPL Education YouTube channel here during kickoff.
Today’s talk follows a series of press conferences, webinars and JPL information sessions to inform the public about Ingenuity’s upcoming maiden flight, which could take off on Sunday (April 11).
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Students looking to learn more about NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter can tackle several DIY projects offered by JPL.
How to make a paper helicopter: This project will allow students to build their own lightweight helicopter using paper, scissors, pencil, tape measure, and tape. Here you can watch a NASA video guide with Spanish subtitles on how to build a helicopter.
Mars helicopter game code: This NASA guide allows students to create their own video games for exploring Mars using a helicopter like Ingenuity. Students will learn how to program using Scratch, a visual programming language. You can watch the NASA video guide to the game on YouTube here, with Spanish subtitles if needed.
Video: Watch a NASA helicopter on Mars unfold like a butterfly
The Ingenuity helicopter arrived on Mars last month with NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed on February 18 in the ancient Jezero crater delta. The helicopter is a tiny four-bladed drone that weighs just 4 pounds. (1.8 kilograms). Its mission is to test flight and reconnaissance technologies that could help future astronauts on Mars.
Perseverance dropped an Ingenuity helicopter onto Mars on Saturday (April 3). The solar-powered helicopter has successfully survived its first night on Mars and will soon test its rotors ahead of its upcoming flight. His camera has already started taking color photographs of Mars.
NASA engineers expect Ingenuity to make a series of increasingly extended flights no more than 16.5 feet (5 m) above the surface of Mars. The Perseverance rover will be at a safe distance and take pictures of Ingenuity’s test flights while the helicopter takes pictures from above.
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