NASA Helicopter 'Ingenuity' Explores the Surface of Mars

Earth’s atmosphere allows us to fly a helicopter. Recently, NASA wanted to know if a helicopter could be flown on a different planet, such as Mars, where its atmosphere is thinner.

A helicopter named Ingenuity was sent by NASA to go to Mars. On July 30th, 2020, Ingenuity was attached to a space rover called Perseverance, which was also sent to Mars by NASA. In February of 2021, Ingenuity safely landed on Mars. It has many different purposes, one of them being to test if a helicopter could take flight on a thin atmosphere like Mars. It also made it easier to take pictures of the Red Planet in previously difficult regions.

Ingenuity was successful in all its early missions. On the first flight, it reached up to ten feet high. The helicopter has taken flight around 28 times since its landing. Ingenuity has exceeded NASA’s expectations. It reached its highest altitude of 39 feet and a max speed of 12.3 mph. The helicopter would attach back to the rover and transfer its data to it. NASA had scheduled communication sessions with Perseverance where it would send its collected data to NASA and receive commands from Earth.

This four pound solar powered drone controlled from Earth has adapted itself to survive the dust storms and freezing nights of Mars. Sadly, NASA believes that it is dying since it has recently missed communication sessions with Perseverance. Ingenuity was a big milestone in interplanetary aerospace engineering.

[Sources: Washington post; NASA ]

Camila, great article! I love seeing your writing improve as time goes on. – Desteny AlvarezMonona Grove High School (2022-07-27 12:20)
Thank you Camila, for informing us about what NASA is doing. Keep up the great work! – Sandy FloresWest High School (2022-07-27 13:40)
Thank you Camila, for informing us about what NASA is doing. Keep up the great work! – Sandy FloresWest High School (2022-07-27 13:40)
Camila, great article! I love seeing your writing improve as time goes on. – Desteny AlvarezMonona Grove High School (2022-07-27 15:16)
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