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NASA delays Ingenuity Mars

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19 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

NASA delays Ingenuity Mars

NASA has decided to reschedule the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first experimental flight to no earlier than April 14, based on data from the Ingenuity Mars helicopter.

NASA had unlocked the rotor blades of its Ingenuity helicopter, thereby allowing them to spin freely, on April 7, 2021.

The helicopter was sent to Mars attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover, which was sent to Mars and landed on the planet on February 18, 2021.

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will also have unique distinction of being ‘the first aircraft’ humanity has sent to another planet to attempt powered flight.

The reason why Ingenuity’s flight will matter is because it has been sent to the planet as a ‘technology demonstration.’ NASA will try and demonstrate rotorcraft flight in extremely thin atmosphere of Mars.