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NASA’s small helicopter Ingenuity given a new mission on Mars

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NASA's small helicopter Ingenuity given a new mission on Mars

On February 18 this year, the Perseverance Rover was successfully landed in the Jagero Crater area of ​​Mars. Let us know that NASA was planning to discontinue this flight test in early May 2021. However, it has now extended a month, allowing Ingenuity Helicopter to deal with the difficult conditions in new terrains of Mars.

Significantly, in the search for life on Mars (Mars mission), in February, NASA has already sent two rovers and another rover named Perseverance has been sent to the red planet. NASA has also sent a small helicopter Ingenuity. The small chopper Ingenuity, sent with Perception, is the first rotorcraft to be flown elsewhere except in the Earth’s atmosphere. With its help, the study will be made easier in such places where rover or humans will not be able to go.

Helicopter Ingenuity first started operations on the surface of Mars on April 5, with the rover on the surface of Mars. Subsequently, on April 19, the Ingenuity helicopter successfully pre-determined a 30-second flight to an altitude of 10 feet. At the same time, the second successful flight took place on 22 April, which was 16 feet in 51.9 seconds. Even now, this helicopter will fly several flights to the most inaccessible Jagero crater area of ​​Mars. According to the days of Mars, there will be many flights in 31 days, but no flight will be more than 16.5 feet high and with a circumference of more than 300 feet at a time.

NASA’s Persistence Rover will find answers to many important questions related to astrobiology on Mars. The biggest question is whether life on Mars is possible? This mission will not only search for places on Mars where life has been before, but will also search for signs of microbial live present there. The Perceived Rover will take samples from rocks and soil on Mars, and future missions will bring these samples back to Earth. Actually, to study these samples, scientists will need a large lab which is not possible to take to Mars.

For two years after landing, perseverance would find traces of life in the Jezero Crater. According to NASA, the Jezero Crater is the best place for persistence and experiments can be done there. Jezero Crater is the floor of a dried-up ancient lake. It is the oldest and most interesting place on Mars. Even though this lake has dried up today, it is expected that carbonated minerals can be found in the bottom of the lake or in the shore sediment. Fossils are found in them on Earth, so it is possible that they will be able to open layers of the history of Mars.

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