April isn’t through yet. But, we are reaping 3 successful endeavors on Mars. Looking back at the successful launch of July 2020 and lands smoothly on February 2021. Here we are continuously amazed by the technological breakthroughs in our era. Mars Exploration have never been this exciting and more encouraging. Seeing this feats in action and knowing how they performed real time is really appreciated. In my opinion, great audience are expecting those next moves as Mars Perseverance deploys and executes the planned science experiments into work. So, here are 3 successful demonstration we have on Mars and April alone.
You can can enjoy the summary in the video below.
1. Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Successful First Flight
April 19, 2021 was a great relief for Ingenuity team as it hovers 3 meters on Mars at approximately 30 seconds. A very thrilling scene as the helicopter did just came from a software fix on its flight software. I can’t imagine the long hours and, maybe, sleepless nights, to get the Ingenuity ready and the most nerve “wracking” is waiting for it to execute the flight plan on Mars and wait for the telemetry to validate the operations if successful or not.
2. MOXIE successfully produced Oxygen
April 20, 2021 Sol 60 Mars OXygen ISRU Experiment demonstration of In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technologies to enable propellant and consumable oxygen production from the Martian atmosphere. Main goal achieve as it successfully produced Oxygen on Mars. The downscale model proves that we can create an ample supply of highly needed Oxygen on Mars for Propellant for return trips for samples and even human transport for future exploration. On this day MOXIE product 5.37 grams of Oxygen enough to human a 10 minute supply. How cool is that!
3. Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Logs Second Flight
April 22, 2021 for this second flight test at “Wright Brothers Field,” Ingenuity took off again at 5:33 a.m. EDT (2:33 a.m. PDT), or 12:33 p.m. local Mars time. But where Flight One topped out at 10 feet (3 meters) above the surface, Ingenuity climbed to 16 feet (5 meters) this time. After the helicopter hovered briefly, its flight control system performed a slight (5-degree) tilt, allowing some of the thrust from the counter-rotating rotors to accelerate the craft sideways for 7 feet (2 meters). [ source : NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Logs Second Successful Flight ]
62 Sols and counting
1,514 hours since landing and 0.27 km (0.17 mi) distance traveled and we’re seeing just 3 of the many milestones for Perseverance on Mars. 7 key Science Instruments most have already been active since landing and maybe operating in the background doing milestones of their own. Mars Perseverance Rover is in for the long haul and will perform its task as it demonstrate the aspect of doing something even in great challenges and overcoming each of them to solve mankind’s challenges here on Earth and to its endeavor to explore other planets.
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