The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s ‘Wright Brothers’ moment got here on Monday (April 19, 2021) when it efficiently carried out the first-ever managed flight on Mars. The historical past was made with the assistance of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter which took off and hovered on Jazero Crater and landed again efficiently on the Martian land.
This is the first time when a managed flight was tried on a international planet.
The successful first flight of Ingenuity on Mars paves the way in which to innumerable prospects of powered flight on different planets.
“Ingenuity is the most recent in an extended and storied custom of NASA tasks reaching an area exploration objective as soon as thought inconceivable,” stated performing NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk.
“The X-15 was a pathfinder for the area shuttle. Mars Pathfinder and its Sojourner rover did the identical for 3 generations of Mars rovers. We do not know precisely the place Ingenuity will lead us, however right this moment’s outcomes point out the sky – at the very least on Mars – is probably not the restrict,” he added.
NASA’s Perseverance Rover shared the video of the first flight of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter on Twitter and wrote, “Today I witnessed historical past. Now you possibly can too. You’re watching video of the #MarsHelicopter’s first flight – a real “Wright brothers” moment.”
Today I witnessed historical past. Now you possibly can too. You’re watching video of the #MarsHelicopter’s first flight – a real “Wright brothers” moment.
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— NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) April 19, 2021
The photo voltaic-powered helicopter took off at 3:34 a.m. EDT (12:34 a.m. PDT) – 12:33 Local Mean Solar Time (Mars time) – a time at which Ingenuity would have optimum power and flight circumstances. Altimeter knowledge point out Ingenuity climbed to the anticipated top of 10 toes (3 meters) and maintained a secure hover for 30 seconds. It then descended, touching again down on the floor of Mars after logging a complete of 39.1 seconds of flight.