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Old 25th April 2021, 07:55 AM   #241
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Third flight completed (announced moments ago as I type on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NASAPersevere)
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Old 1st May 2021, 03:46 AM   #242
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Mars Ingenuity helicopter mission extended by Nasa

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In the helicopter's new operational phase, it will fly up to a kilometre ahead of the rover, scouting for promising geological features and exploring areas that Perseverance cannot reach.

It will also make digital elevation maps, helping scientists to better understand the terrain.

The hope is this will demonstrate how aerial mobility could help future missions.
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Old 8th May 2021, 03:19 AM   #243
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Some footage from Ingenuity's 5th flight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgQxUcjL4vM

It has moved to a new location.
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Old 8th May 2021, 03:36 AM   #244
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Originally Posted by Puppycow View Post
Some footage from Ingenuity's 5th flight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgQxUcjL4vM

It has moved to a new location.


Airfield B, waiting to be joined by Perseverance
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Old 8th May 2021, 01:33 PM   #245
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Originally Posted by Puppycow View Post
Some footage from Ingenuity's 5th flight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgQxUcjL4vM

It has moved to a new location.
Video with sound;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ndHgKUuWQI

You can hear the 'copter and the wind.
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Old 28th May 2021, 04:31 PM   #246
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A technical problem cropped up in Ingenuity's sixth flight. The helicopter survived the flight, but it's a bit concerning:

Surviving an In-Flight Anomaly: What Happened on Ingenuity’s Sixth Flight (Mission blog)
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Old 29th May 2021, 10:28 AM   #247
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A technical problem cropped up in Ingenuity's sixth flight. The helicopter survived the flight, but it's a bit concerning:

Surviving an In-Flight Anomaly: What Happened on Ingenuity’s Sixth Flight (Mission blog)

Considering the general history of First Flights, that's no too bad.
This is a steep learning curve.

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It's a Scott Manley video, so pretty good stuff. You can see a map that shows where both the rover and the helicopter have been so far, and he does some explaining too.
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NASA's Mars rover has picked up a rock — which actually isn't so easy, OK?
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Rock on, Perseverance!
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Turns out those humans actually can contribute to exploration.. I.e picking up rocks

Seriously though if this succeeds all the way (including leaving samples, picking them up and returning them successfully to Earth) that will be the greatest engineering feat ever accomplished. I'm so hoping to experience that.
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Turns out those humans actually can contribute to exploration.. I.e picking up rocks.
I know you are kidding here, but seriously, that is the difference between sending a machine to do the job, and sending humans. In the time it has taken the machine to accomplish the relatively simple task of taking a small core sample, a human could have collected a truck load of them. Yes, I know this was just a sample for return at a later date, but the point is clear. Until we can design a robot that has the mobility, flexibility and autonomous decision-making ability of a person, humans will always be able to accomplish more science in any given time period.

Not saying that machines don't have their place... Of course, both would be ideal.
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Old 3rd September 2021, 06:57 AM   #253
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I know you are kidding here, but seriously, that is the difference between sending a machine to do the job, and sending humans. In the time it has taken the machine to accomplish the relatively simple task of taking a small core sample, a human could have collected a truck load of them.
We don't even need to land people on Mars. If we put people in orbit around Mars, they could better control robots that could probably explore more of Mars in a few days than all of the previous probes and rovers have explored.

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Old 24th December 2021, 03:00 AM   #254
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yOplTC...ture=emb_title
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Very impressive!!!
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Old 9th February 2022, 02:20 AM   #256
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https://www.space.com/mars-helicopte...flight-success

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The dust storm couldn't keep NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity grounded forever.

The 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) Ingenuity aced a 100-second sortie on Tuesday (Feb. 8), its 19th Red Planet flight overall but its first since Dec. 15.

The flight had originally been targeted for Jan. 5. But on New Year's Day, a big dust storm kicked up near the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater, which Ingenuity and its robotic partner, NASA's Perseverance rover, have been exploring since February 2021.

The Ingenuity team decided to stand down until the dust storm passed, making Ingenuity the first aircraft ever to have a flight delayed by inclement weather on another planet.
The hilighted made me smile.

Great everything is still going so well.
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Ingenuity has photographed Perseverence's parachute and backshell, which is just so damn cool.
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Old 28th April 2022, 07:46 PM   #258
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That is cool.

What is even more cool is that Ingenuity was planned to make a maximum of five flights within 30 Sols, if everything went well.....

423 Sols since Perseverance landed, and this was Ingenuity's 27th flight!
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That is cool.

What is even more cool is that Ingenuity was planned to make a maximum of five flights within 30 Sols, if everything went well.....

423 Sols since Perseverance landed, and this was Ingenuity's 27th flight!
WE have a habit of over-designing for Mars, it seems....

https://xkcd.com/1504/
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The over-performance of Ingenuity is insane. It's my new favorite space craft.
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The over-performance of Ingenuity is insane. It's my new favorite space craft.
Toss-up between Ingenuity and JWST in my opinion.
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27 flights so far. Very cool pictures.

https://archive.ph/MyWrW

Anyone want to see a solar eclipse on Mars?

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A camera on NASA’s Perseverance rover captured an eclipse of the sun by Phobos, the larger of Mars’s two moons. Video by NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS/SSI.
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I did see the eclipse video. It was insanely cool.
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Toss-up between Ingenuity and JWST in my opinion.
JWST will no doubt be a heavy competitor when it starts delivering data. Exciting times ahead
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“Suppressed NASA footage of Martian spaceship wreckage’!”
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27 flights so far. Very cool pictures.

https://archive.ph/MyWrW
Is that a cat in the lower left of that photo?
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Is that a cat in the lower left of that photo?
Well, not a cat as we know it. It's clearly some kind of Martian Super Cat that can bring down a spacecraft with its atomic laser-vision.
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Is that a cat in the lower left of that photo?
Its the shadow of the helicopter.
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Mars Perseverance Rover Finds Organic Matter in Rock

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Organic molecules in Wildcat Ridge
A rock named Wildcat Ridge, located in an ancient river delta region of Jezero Crater, was one of the stars of the show. Percy successfully collected two samples from the mudstone rock. Wildcat Ridge is particularly exciting because the organic molecules (called aromatics) found in it are considered a potential biosignature, which NASA describes as a substance or structure that could be evidence of past life but may also have been produced without the presence of life.
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Sample drop
Percy currently has 12 rock samples on board, including the Wildcat Ridge pieces and samples from another sedimentary delta rock called Skinner Ridge. It also collected igneous rock samples earlier in the mission that point to the impact of long-ago volcanic action in the crater.

NASA is so happy with the diversity of samples collected that it's looking into dropping some of the filled tubes off on the surface soon in preparation for the future Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign. MSR is an ambitious plan to send a lander to Mars, pick up Percy's samples, rocket them off the surface and bring them back to Earth for close study. The mission is under development. If all goes as planned, those rocks could be here by 2033.
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That is very cool.

Sure, aromatics can be produced without life, but even if that is the case, actually studying rocks directly from Mars will be interesting.
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Meanwhile, MOXIE has been quietly succeeding in every test run. Concept proved. We can make oxygen from atmospheric carbon dioxide.
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