The Mars helicopter flies for the 32nd time.. Know the details of the flight


NASA’s Creativity Helicopter soared again into the Martian sky on its 32nd flight, traveling about 308 feet (94 meters), staying aloft for more than 55 seconds and reaching a top speed of 10.6 mph (17.1 km/h), according to for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, which operates the Mars Helicopter mission.

According to “space”, this flight was the 32nd in terms of creativity flights in general and the second this month, as the helicopter weighing 4 pounds (1.8 kg) took off on September 6.

That earlier flight brought the helicopter closer to an ancient river delta on the floor of the Jezero Crater, a 28-mile-wide (45-kilometre) hole in the ground that the helicopter and its robotic partner, the persistent rover, have been exploring since February 2021.

Perseverance has also been studying the delta for several months, and the car-sized rover has collected four rock samples since July, two of them from stone rich in organic molecules, the building blocks of carbon-containing life.

If all goes according to plan, researchers will be able to study those materials in detail here on Earth, as NASA and the European Space Agency collaborate to bring probe samples to our planet, possibly as early as 2033.

The sample return includes two similarly innovative helicopters capable of carrying sample tubes from one or more of the explorer’s repositories to the rocket that will launch them from the Red Planet.

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