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NASA shares bird's-eye-view photo of Perseverance taken by Ingenuity

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA has shared a'bird's eye view' image of the Perseverance rover, taken by the Ingenuity helicopter as it soared above the Martian surface. In a tweet, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) team said: 'I spy with my little eye…a rover,' sharing the image with Perseverance visible in the top left corner. It was taken during the third flight of the autonomous copter that happened on April 25 and saw it fly to an altitude of 16ft and travel for 64ft before landing again. At the peak it was moving at 6.6ft per second, or 4.5 miles per hour. In contrast, the Perseverance rover, captured in the latest images, travels at 0.1 miles per hour. Ingenuity is a technical demonstration, with no science experiments on board, as it is designed to prove a flying vehicle could be used on the Red Planet.


NASA's Mars helicopter is going bigger and bolder TODAY

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter is making a second, bolder and more daring flight on the Red Planet today, going higher than its first history making flight on Monday. The US space agency said it would climb up to 16ft above the surface, hover briefly, tilt and move sideways for 7ft, take a series of colour photos and then land. It is set to take off at 10:30 BST, but due to delays in getting data to travel the 181 million miles between Earth and Mars, we won't know if it has worked until 14:21 BST. Flying on Mars is particularly challenging due to the fact its atmosphere is just 1% of Earth's at ground level, and while the lower gravity, a third of that on Earth, helps, it is only a partial offset against the thinner atmosphere. This means that in order to fly, the helicopter has to be ultra-light and rotate its blades extremely fast, up to 2,500 rpm, in order to achieve lift. Ingenuity made its first historic flight on Monday April 19, going up 10ft, hovering, snapping a photo, and returning to the newly named'Wright Brothers Field'.


Ingenuity will attempt its FOURTH flight: NASA to push the Mars helicopter to its limit

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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter will attempt to fly on Mars for the fourth time today and could reach airspeeds of up to eight miles per hour as it soars for two minutes. The space agency said it would continue to push the 4lb copter to its limit in each subsequent test, this time almost doubling the speed of the third flight. The 18 inch tall craft will take off from'Wright Brothers Field' under the watchful gaze of the Perseverance rover at 10:12 EDT (15:12 BST), and soar up 16ft into the sky. Due to delays in sending data from the 187 million miles between Jezero crater on Mars and NASA JPL in California, we won't know if it worked until 13:21 EDT (18:21 BST). The small craft achieved all of its goals including flight duration, distance and speed, in the first three trips - so the fourth will'push the envelope' beyond what the small rotorcraft was designed to achieve by NASA JPL engineers. It will fly up to 16ft, head south over rocks, sand ripples and impact craters for 276ft and use its navigation camera to collect images of the surface every 4ft.


NASA unlocks the 'blades of glory' on its Mars Ingenuity helicopter

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NASA has unlocked the'blades of glory' on its Ingenuity helicopter ahead of the small rotorcraft's maiden flight on Mars this weekend. The space agency called the reveal of the chopper blades'mind-bottling' in reference to a quote from the Will Ferrell ice skating movie'Blades of Glory'. In a short clip shared on Twitter, the 4ft wide blades can be seen slowly unlocking on top of the tiny 19 inch tall helicopter, ahead of a'spin up' test in the coming days. Ingenuity is set to take its first flight on April 11, which will see the copter take off, hover in place and then return for landing. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the team leading the Perseverance mission, tweeted: 'The blades of glory, aka rotor blades of the #MarsHelicopter, have been unlocked and are ready for testing.' The blades of glory, aka rotor blades of the #MarsHelicopter, have been unlocked and are ready for testing.


NASA shares incredible new video of first ever HELICOPTER flight on Mars

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NASA's Ingenuity performed its first successful takeoff and landing on Mars, and now the world can see the historic journey in a new video. The four-pound helicopter fired up its rotors and lifted itself 10 feet into the air where it hovered for five seconds, made a 96-degree turn and floated for another 30 seconds before landing back on the Martian surface. The flight, according to NASA, was flawless. It was a gentle take off, with a little push by the wind when it climbed higher altitudes, but was very steady with just the tiniest bounce upon landing. Along with the epic video, Ingenuity also snapped an image showing the moment before its landing legs touched back down after what is being called a'Wright Brothers moment.'