On Monday, the NASA Mars Experimental Helicopter took off from the dusty red surface of Mars to complete it. The first controlled, motorized flight over another planet.
The victory has been compared to the achievement of the Wright brothers. In fact, it carried the tiny 6-pound device A piece of cloth from the wing of Wright’s plane That made history in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
“Altimeter data confirms that Ingenuity has made its maiden flight, which is the first flight of a powered aircraft to another planet,” the helicopter pilot said, Harvard is weirdWho broke his voice while his comrades burst into chants.
California flight controllers confirmed Ingenuity’s short flight after receiving data from the Perseverance vehicle, which was parked more than 65 meters away.
Creativity traveled to Mars with perseverance, attached to the underside of the spacecraft upon its arrival in the ancient river delta last February.
The prototype is worth $ 85 million It was considered a high risk project, but with great potential for profit.
“Each scientist has only one first journey.”Aung stressed this month. Speaking early Monday on NASA Radio, he described it as “the ultimate dream.”
Ong and his team had to wait an agonizing over three hours before learning if the pre-scheduled flight had succeeded 287 million kilometers. In addition to his concern, a software bug prevented the helicopter from taking off the previous week, forcing engineers to search for a solution.
The operations center erupted with applause, cheers and laughter when success was finally declared. There was more when the first black and white image of creativity appeared on their screensIts shadow appears as it hovers over the surface of Mars. Then came the amazing colorful pictures of the helicopter descending back to the surface, captured by perseverance, “The best host a little creativity could ever dream of,” said Ong, thanking everyone.
NASA had planned a 40-second flight, and although there were few details at first, the plane achieved all of its goals: start-up, take-off, flight, descent, and landing.