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#151 2022-06-19 07:16:28

SpaceNut
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Re: Scouting Mars by Helicopter

With all the wind in the Jezero Crater I am surprised that the helicopter is even flying....

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Captures Video of Record Flight

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The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s black-and-white navigation camera has provided dramatic video of its record-breaking 25th flight, which took place on April 8. Covering a distance of 2,310 feet (704 meters) at a speed of 12 mph (5.5 meters per second), it was the Red Planet rotorcraft’s longest and fastest flight to date. (Ingenuity is currently preparing for its 29th flight.)

“For our record-breaking flight, Ingenuity’s downward-looking navigation camera provided us with a breathtaking sense of what it would feel like gliding 33 feet above the surface of Mars at 12 miles per hour,” said Ingenuity team lead Teddy Tzanetos of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

The first frame of the video clip begins about one second into the flight. After reaching an altitude of 33 feet (10 meters), the helicopter heads southwest, accelerating to its maximum speed in less than three seconds. The rotorcraft first flies over a group of sand ripples then, about halfway through the video, several rock fields. Finally, relatively flat and featureless terrain appears below, providing a good landing spot. The video of the 161.3-second flight was speeded up approximately five times, reducing it to less than 35 seconds.

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#152 2022-07-16 14:36:09

SpaceNut
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Re: Scouting Mars by Helicopter

To safe guard a mission that has shown so much value NASA just grounded one of its most important Mars missions as the  planet’s atmosphere has become increasingly dusty. The dust has been a terribly inconvenient factor in our study of the Martian surface.

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