To search for life … “NASA” is extending its “Ingenuity” mission on Mars


After its success in proving the possibility of flying in the atmosphere of Mars, the US space agency “NASA” announced that it will extend the mission of its “Ingenuity” helicopter for an additional month, to support the mobile robot “Perseverance”, according to “French”.
Ingenuity will support the rover in its main mission of searching for signs of previous microbial life on Mars, by accompanying it, for example, in exploring sites of scientific interest that the robot cannot reach with its wheels, or determining the safest path.
Lori Glaze, director of the Department of Planetary Studies at NASA, said in a press conference that the mission of “Ingenuity” will change from being a “mission to demonstrate its technical ability” to “a mission to demonstrate its practical ability, through which we collect information on the possibility of its use in providing operational support for the Perseverance spacecraft.” “.
Glaze explained that flying vehicles may one day accompany human exploration missions as well, which allows this new stage to be tested, adding, “We will make an assessment of what we have reached after 30 days,” without ruling out an additional extension of the experiment after that.
Bob Palaram, chief engineer of the helicopter, said that it was not designed primarily for a “long mission,” noting the deleterious effect of repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
The helicopter had succeeded so far in all its sorties, including the fourth it carried out last Friday, which is the longest, reaching a total of 266 meters in 117 seconds.
The most prominent objective of this sortie is to locate a new location in which it can land safely very soon, as it has so far always returned to its main runway, but this will not be the case with the fifth flight, which is expected to happen in about a week.
And plans “NASA” to carry out two more sorties of the helicopter over a period of 30 days.
The mission of the helicopter was to end a month after its start, as “NASA” was planning to make the rover then move quickly and far to reach an interesting area from which to take samples of rocks.


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