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NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Takes Second Flight

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Takes Second Flight

Technology
NASA’s engineers already made history on Monday with the 39-second flight of Ingenuity, a small helicopter, in the thin atmosphere on Mars. On Thursday, they added to their success when the experimental vehicle flew higher, longer and riskier.At 5:30 a.m. Eastern time, according to the announced schedule — it was 12:30 p.m. in Jezero crater on Mars — Ingenuity autonomously lifted again off the red surface of Mars, kicking up a cloud of dust as it ascended. Its objective was to reach a height of 16 feet, tilt itself and move seven feet sideways, hover in place and point its color camera in multiple directions, then return toward its starting point to land.The Ingenuity helicopter is a demonstration of a new aerial capability that NASA could use in future years, and it was added to Persevera...
NASA Mars Helicopter’s Flight: Livestream, Date and Time

NASA Mars Helicopter’s Flight: Livestream, Date and Time

Technology
Early on Monday, a robotic helicopter that NASA sent to Mars was scheduled to try to rise a few feet in the air, hover and come back down. With that simple feat, it would become the first machine to fly through the wispy air of the red planet. NASA officials have been likening it to the Wright brothers flight in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Never before has something like an airplane or a helicopter taken off on another world.The Mars helicopter, named Ingenuity, traveled from Earth tucked under NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed in February on the mission to search for signs of ancient life near a dried-up river delta. A couple of weeks ago, Perseverance dropped Ingenuity on a flat Martian plain ahead of the flight tests.Ingenuity is small. Its main body is about the size of a softball w...