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NASA makes history with the first helicopter flight to Mars

NASA makes history with the first helicopter flight to Mars

U.S. Aerospace Agency (NASA) Miniature Robotic Helicopter makes its maiden flight 19/04/2021 NASA / JBL-Caltech / ASU / Handout via REUTERS reuters_tickers

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The United States Aerospace Agency (NASA)’s miniature robotic helicopter made a successful landing early Wednesday morning and landed on Mars, the first controlled flight of a propulsion aircraft on the surface of another planet, the company said. .

The launch of the twin-rotor spacecraft on the Red Planet marked a historic moment for NASA, which said the success would lead to new research methods on Mars and other spacecraft in the solar system, such as Venus and Titan. Saturn.

Mission officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JBL) near Los Angeles praised engineering data sent from Mars when it confirmed that the 1.8-kilometer solar-powered helicopter had completed its initial 39-mile journey in seconds.

NASA says altimeter measurements took off at 4:34 a.m. (GMT), rose to the planned height of three meters, went smoothly over the surface of Mars for half a minute, and then landed safely on all fours.

The black and white photo taken by the inward camera points downwards, reflecting the sunlight on the ground below the ingeniously defined shadow.

Despite its abstraction, the flight is a historic achievement of planetary flight, taking place on the land of a vast Martian plateau known as the Jessero crater at an “airport” 276 million kilometers from Earth.

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