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The Creativity Helicopter is expected to begin its maiden flight on the surface of Mars at 12.15 pm today. Interested parties can watch the event live via NASA website, Via the NASA mobile app or via Youtube or The social networking site Facebook follow on.
However, the exact time may vary, as announced by NASA. Updates On the Creativity Web site a path. Technicians are currently busy with pre-flight checks, Ingenuity and Mars rover Perseverance sites. Flight test data is analyzed by the creativity team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Control Center in Pasadena, California.
It has been postponed several times
The helicopter’s first flight was scheduled to begin on April 11th, but has been delayed to April 14 and then again due to technical issues.
“Creativity,” which weighs about 1.8 kilograms, will rise to a height of about three meters on its first test flight, stay there for 30 seconds and then land again on Mars.
The helicopter must challenge extreme conditions: on Mars it is cool to minus 90 degrees at night, the planet’s gravity is less and the atmosphere is much thinner. The tiny helicopter was placed in the belly of “perseverance” at the end of February – after 203 days of flight and 472 million kilometers traveled – with a risky maneuver in a dry Martian lake called “Jzero Crater.” ‘Perseverance’ is to examine this lake, which has a diameter of about 45 km, over the next two years.