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Good news, Ingenuity made it through the night, proving it can handle the Martian cold

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The Ingenuity helicopter has successfully undertaken the first ever controlled flight on another planet. A historic breakthrough.

Last edited by curl-6 - on 19 April 2021

The Ingenuity helicopter captured this image of its shadow as it hovered about 10 feet above the Martian surface during its first flight.

KratosLives said:

At the rate we seem to be advancing in space exploration, how far do you think they can go before earth is destroyed? We have come far but feels like a small step at the same time when you look at the grand scale of space. It's also scary when you think about space explaoration and settlements in other planets. Imagine all that hard work, and bang an alien colony comes down and wipes out everything.

If you think about what kind of technology you would need to travel to earth like planets or to transform planets to what we need to live on it I guess it will be easier for humanity to simply safe the own planet with advancing technology. 

I like how humanity tries to explore the space but I really believe that whatever has to be done on earth the next 100 or more years will be easier as to whatever has to be done in space to live on other planets. 

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HD video of the flight taken from the Perseverance Rover

"Ingenuity performed well in the 39-second flight, rising to an altitude of three meters, making a roughly one-quarter turn, then descending to a safe landing. “This flight was all about proving that it is possible to fly on Mars,” said Håvard Grip, chief pilot for Ingenuity at JPL. “From everything we’ve seen so far, it was a flawless flight.”

The project team is already preparing for a second flight, tentatively scheduled for April 22. On that flight Ingenuity will fly to an altitude of five meters, then translate, or move sideways, two meters, then go back two meters and land where it took off from. A third flight will be similar, but with the helicopter translating 50 meters out and back.

The Mars 2020 mission allocated one month to tests of Ingenuity, a time frame that started when the helicopter was released from the rover. Aung said that she was optimistic that the project could get the four remaining flights in over the next two weeks."

Imagine being an alien and observing this mission from your home. Oh look, something finally moved, it went up, and down. It's done again, show's over.

Remote controlling an experimental helicopter on another planet, mind blowing. It would be cool if quantum entanglement could actually be used for communication, but it looks like the universe won't allow it. Stuck with that ghastly time delay.

Now that we've pulled this off, it opens the door to aerial exploration on other planets and even moons; one such mission has been proposed for Saturn's moon Titan which also has an atmosphere, not to mention its own oceans, lakes, and rivers of methane and, according to probes, potentially organic molecules.

More breakthroughs:

Perseverance has succeeded in extracting oxygen from Mars's atmosphere, which could have applications for both making rocket fuel and breathable air in future missions:

Ingenuity's second and third flights were also successful, the latter of which had it covering a distance of 100 meters.