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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, @07:57AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 06 2021, @07:57AM (#1133796)

    That's -73 degrees Réaumur.

  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday April 06 2021, @09:37PM

    by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Tuesday April 06 2021, @09:37PM (#1134038) Homepage
    Nice trololololing - but you should have used Kekvin instead: :
    International System of Units - The Metric Measurement System

    [image-62]Public Law 94-168, §2 requires use of the International System of Units for measurement in U.S. Government programs, "except where impractical." That requirement is reflected in NASA policy, NPD 7120.4. That measurement system, formally known as the "SI" system," after its name in French, Systeme Internationale, is almost universally used by all countries except the United States.
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