Life on Mars?

Life on Mars?

May 2, 2021 Off By editor

It’s red. We know that. And it’s pretty desoate too. So there’s not a lot of nature to be seen on one of our nearest celestial neighbours, but there is still so much to learn. April was a pretty big month for Mars exploration with the successful landing of the Perseverance Rover. Excitingly, the rover was also carrying the ultimate drone – Ingenuity.

Mars Helicopter’s blades can be seen in this video performing a wiggle test
Mastcam-Z Captures Ingenuity’s Blades Spinning (Link to original)

Ingenuity started off life tucked away underneath Perseverance for the long journey to Mars. After Perseverance successfully landed it took several days to jettison the shield protecting Ingenuity, rotate and extend its legs, then lower it carefully to the surface of Mars.

After performing their pre-flight checks, and an essential software update, Ingenuity has now completed 4 trial flights. Most importantly this means on 19th April 2021 Ingenuity took off on the first ever flight of a drone on a planet other than Earth.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter touches Mars after it was deployed from the belly of the Perseverance rover, March 30, 2021.

Check out the links below to find out more about Perseverance and Ingenuity, and to follow their progress.

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Images courtesy of
NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS and Thomas Appéré.
For more about Perseverance:
mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/
nasa.gov/perseverance