NASA to launch choppers to help rover ‘Percy’ in returning rock samples to Earth

NASA to launch choppers to help rover ‘Percy’ in returning rock samples to Earth

To carry forward its Mars exploration project, NASA is launching two more mini helicopters to the red planet that will bring Martian rocks and soil samples to Earth for study. Under the plan announced on Wednesday, NASA’s Perseverance rover will perform double duty and transport the cache to the rocket that will bring the sample … Read more

Ingenuity Was Supposed to Have Only 5 Flights. Watch Its Glorious 25th Flight on Mars!

Ingenuity Was Supposed to Have Only 5 Flights.  Watch Its Glorious 25th Flight on Mars!

When Mars helicopter Ingenuity was packed off on a one-way trip to the red planet, its engineers had a plan for five flights. That didn’t mean more flights were not on the cards; in fact, it’s normal for NASA’s spacecraft mission parameters to be set conservatively. But late last year, NASA extended the mission indefinitely, … Read more

NASA satellite spots helicopter flying on Mars’ surface

NASA satellite spots helicopter flying on Mars’ surface

The Ingenuity Mars helicopter that accompanies the Perseverance rover has been spotted by a satellite orbiting the Red Planet. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spotted Ingenuity with its HiRISE camera, which can capture 28-gigabit images in only six seconds. Ingenuity’s rotors only span four feet (1.2 meters), making the image an impressive capture. HiRISE is … Read more