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posted by martyb on Tuesday April 06 2021, @12:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the The-Hummingbird-has-Landed dept.

On the ground! The Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, has been dropped from Perseverance onto the Martian surface.
Article at the Verge.

NASA’s Perseverance rover, which is currently roaming around Mars, has dropped off the mini helicopter Ingenuity ahead of the four-pound aircraft’s historic first flight.

Ingenuity dropped four inches from the belly of Perseverance to the surface of Mars.

[...] Now that Ingenuity is separated from Perseverance, it will need to power and heat itself. Ingenuity will draw power from the sun using its onboard solar panels, but its heater will have the tough job of keeping the helicopter warm through the freezing cold nights on Mars, where temperatures can go as low as negative 130 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Bob Balaram, Ingenuity’s chief engineer.

I have no doubt that at some point, in the future, a Martian colonialist kid will find a really neat toy.

Just The Picture.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 06 2021, @12:37AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 06 2021, @12:37AM (#1133703)

    It's got the photoshop watermark.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice... you can't fool me again!

  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 06 2021, @06:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 06 2021, @06:04AM (#1133777)

    Filmed in a studio in Kentucky, just like the Apollo missions, and the tests of the COVID-19 vaccines, and the proof that the Earth is round. Bat-shit crazy is the new conservative uneducated not too bright Runaway post.