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NASA said that a helicopter drone, intended for humanity’s first flight to another planet, landed on Mars.
The images show four-legged spacecraft parked on the surface of the Red Planet – after boarding there on NASA’s Rover Perseverance – before taking off on April 1, in the first of up to five 90-second flights, The Verge reported.
NASA said in a statement last month that a light drone – called ingenuity – would spend the days before its first flight collecting energy from the sun to continue working during the extremely cold Martian nights.
When the helicopter is ready to take off, it will take NASA’s team in California about six days on Mars – just four hours from Earth – for the drone to fly at an altitude of three meters per second.
It takes the drone eight hours to communicate with its movements, with the engineers on the ground.
NASA said the spacecraft would be able to fly about 10 feet above the surface in 30 seconds.
NASA officials hope the technology will allow future explorers and space explorers to see the geography of the planet better.
According to project chief engineer Bob Palram, temperatures on the planet could drop to -130 degrees Fahrenheit. The very thin atmosphere on the surface makes flying especially difficult.
Source: New York Post