The first helicopter flight to Mars to be managed from Earth … A busy week for NASA

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A busy week of experiments and tests witnessed by the US Space Agency (NASA), including the launch of the first helicopter on the surface of the Red Planet.

NASA scientists are preparing to start operating the first flight of the helicopter, “Ingenuity”, accompanying Perseverance, on the surface of Mars, after about one week.

The “Ingenuity” is scheduled to make a month-long trip on the surface of Mars, where it will be the first unmanned aircraft to make a trip on Mars, powered and controlled from the surface of another planet, which is our planet of course, Earth, according to NASA.

The “Ingenuity” helicopter will be deployed from the “Perseverance” rover that NASA recently dispatched to explore Mars, and the helicopter is scheduled to begin its journey by April 8th.

“We are using drones and helicopters here on Earth to carry out missions that might be difficult to accomplish with ground vehicles. You can imagine when we have this same ability to use it on the surface of Mars, we can take advantage of it,” said the pilot of the helicopter team, Harvard Grib For reconnaissance or photographic purposes and exploring areas, or potential science targets for future rovers. ”

And the “Perseverance” spacecraft, which NASA recently sent to explore Mars, cut the distance between Earth and the red planet in a seven-month journey accompanied by the small helicopter “Ingenuity”, which will facilitate the missions of planet exploration.

Perseverance landed in the “Jezero” crater, which is considered the most dangerous landing site at all due to its topography.

The spacecraft will discover Jizero Crater, a site believed to date from a previous lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago.

The mission will search for life on Mars, study its climate, and collect samples that will be sent to Earth by 2030.

Orion Tests

Engineers at the Langley Research Center are using an experimental version of the “Orion” spacecraft to test the impact of water on it during the landing process.

It is scheduled to use the vehicle to transport astronauts to the moon next November in a mission known as “Artemis 2”.

During the tests, the crew unit is dropped into a large pool of water to learn more about what the spacecraft and astronauts may encounter in it during its parachute landing in the Pacific Ocean after flights to the moon.

The drop test results data will be used in the final computer modeling of loads and structures.

A satellite warns the inhabitants of Earth about harmful algal blooms

Data from NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite helps scientists identify algal blooms in lakes or rivers.

Landsat 8 data is used to create a product that can help local water or recreation managers identify potential problem areas.

According to a study conducted in 2020 published in the journal “Geo HealthThe discovery, based on Landsat 8 data on the rise in algae in Lake Utah in 2017, helped save an estimated $ 370,000 in healthcare and related costs for the area.





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