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Eldorado

First flight of Mars Ingenuity helicopter

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Eldorado

Up, up, and away! The Ingenuity #MarsHelicopter is set to make history.

It will make the first attempt at powered flight on another planet on Monday, April 19.

Don’t miss your chance to watch live with helicopter team in mission control beginning at 6:15 a.m. EDT (10:15 a.m. UTC) as they receive the data and find out if they were successful.

 

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jethrofloyd

That's one small flight for helicopter, one giant gliding for mankind.

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Logs Second Successful Flight

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The small rotorcraft’s horizons were expanded on its second flight.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed its second Mars flight on April 22 – the 18th sol, or Martian day, of its experimental flight test window. Lasting 51.9 seconds, the flight added several new challenges to the first, which took place on April 19, including a higher maximum altitude, longer duration, and sideways movement.

“So far, the engineering telemetry we have received and analyzed tell us that the flight met expectations and our prior computer modeling has been accurate,” said Bob Balaram, chief engineer for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “We have two flights of Mars under our belts, which means that there is still a lot to learn during this month of Ingenuity.”

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