NASA hopes its spindly robot copter, named Ingenuity, will prove that powered flight is possible in

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[ NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Gets Set for Historic First Flight on Another World ]

In a hardscrabble crater on Mars, a tiny helicopter with a smartphone brain is now days away from attempting the first powered flight on another world. NASA hopes its spindly robot copter, named Ingenuity, will prove that powered flight is possible in the perilously thin Martian air and help usher in a new era of planetary exploration in which drones play a vital role.

Ingenuity reached Mars like a stowaway, folded up on the underside of NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed on the red planet in February after a seven-month, 293-million-mile voyage from Earth. For its maiden flight, the 4-pound, $85 million craft will simply rise about 10 feet above the surface and hover’no higher than the rim of a regulation basketball hoop’before returning to the surface. The whole flight should be over within 90 seconds.

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Date: 2021-04-03T16:00:00.000Z
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NASA Perseverance Mars rover investigates ‘odd’ rock, zaps it with a laser

NASA’s Perseverance rover snapped a view of this odd rock on March 28. If you look closely just to the right of center, you can see a series of tiny marks where the rover’s laser zapped it.

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The rover team said the rock is about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long and told space fans to look closely at the image to “spot the row of laser marks where I zapped it to learn more.”

The team has formulated many different hypotheses about this one — is it something weathered out of the local bedrock? Is it a piece of Mars plopped into the area from a far-flung impact event? Is it a meteorite? Or something else?

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NASA delays Ingenuity Mars helicopter’s first flight to April 11

Ingenuity, which flew to Mars tucked into the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover that successfully landed on the planet Feb. 18, is set to make history with the first controlled, powered flight through another planet’s atmosphere.’

The interplanetary helicopter was previously set to take off no sooner than April 8, but the little craft will now take flight no earlier than April 11, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, announced via Twitter Wednesday (March 31).’

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Greetings Earthlings: There is no spoon or AI. The data presented above may one day be zapped to another dimension. Just thought you should be aware. Dude, there was a blue light over there just now.