CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – First came the amazing pictures, then the video. Now NASA is sharing the sounds of its small helicopter passing through thin Martian air.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released this first audio Friday, shortly before the ingenuity to carry out its fifth test flight, a short-haul flight to a new airport.
During the fourth flight a week earlier, the low hum from the helicopter blades rotated at more than 2,500 revolutions per minute. It looks almost like a lowland, distant mosquito or other flying insect.
This is because the 1.8 kg helicopter was more than 80 meters from the microphone in the rover of diligence. The noisy wind blew the sound of supper.
Scientists isolated the sound of the wiring blades and magnified it to make it easier to hear.
Video: Perseverance Rover hears the ingenious helicopter on the plane
Ingenuity – the first running plane to fly to another planet – reached Mars on February 18, stuck in the belly of perseverance. Its first flight was April 19; NASA named the departure and landing area Wright Brothers Field in 1903 in memory of Wilbur and Orville, the inventors of the world’s first airplanes. A seal-sized wing cloth from the original Right Flyer is ingenious.
The Million 85 Mill technology demo was supposed to end a few days ago, but NASA extended this trip by at least a month.
For the 108-second test flight on Friday afternoon, the helicopter was heading south in the same direction as the rover. Once at its new airport, it doubled its previous height to 10 meters, took pictures, and then landed. The two airports are 129 meters apart.
Once the first phase of the helicopter is complete, the rover can now begin to hunt for rocks, which may have signs of past micro-life. Core samples will be collected to eventually return to Earth.
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