(ORDO NEWS) — Information about the launch of a helicopter on Mars is already available on the official NASA website. So, on April 19, the first drone launch on the red planet will take place. Such a great honor fell to the drone-helicopter Ingenuity (from English. Ingenuity). The drone was delivered by the Perseverance rover.
A drone helicopter is a very fragile, high-tech and compact machine. She weighs only 1.8 kg. Ingenuity’s mission is to capture as accurate images as possible. This is necessary for further exploration of Mars. After all, it is very difficult to conduct research at such a great distance.
The test will take place at exactly 03:30 (or 10:30 our time). The US National Aeronautics Administration hopes for success and for the early acquisition of images from the drone. In other matters, similar statements have been made before.
The departure point of the device is Jezero crater (located in the western part of the Isis valley of Martian). The crater diameter is 49 km. It was once completely filled with water, but the Martian lake dried up thousands of years ago.
The launch date of the helicopter has been repeatedly postponed. The Ingenuity space flight was scheduled to take place on April 11. But obviously something is not working out yet. Although NASA claims that the drone is absolutely functional.
By the way, not so long ago, water was found on the Red Planet. Elon Musk suggested heating Mars with nuclear rockets. As a result, an atmosphere suitable for human life can form on the planet.
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