NPR: Success! NASA’s Ingenuity Makes First Powered Flight On Mars

NPR: Success! NASA’s Ingenuity Makes First Powered Flight On Mars. “Orville and Wilbur would be proud. NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has made the first-ever powered flight on another planet, 117 years after the Wright Brothers’ historic flight on this planet. The flight itself was modest. The 4-pound helicopter rose 10 feet in the air, hovered briefly, and returned to the Martian surface. An images taken from the craft showed Ingenuity’s shadow on the surface and another taken from the Perseverance rover showed an airborne Ingenuity.”

Space: How to watch the Mars helicopter Ingenuity’s first flight online

Space: How to watch the Mars helicopter Ingenuity’s first flight online. “While Ingenuity, which rode to Mars on the belly of the Perseverance rover, is expected to take to the air on Sunday, the data from that flight won’t arrive on Earth until early Monday (April 12). That’s when NASA’s next webcast comes in. At 3:30 a.m. EDT (0730 GMT) on Monday, NASA will livestream the flight data’s arrival.”

CNET: Photos from NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover let you get lost on another world

CNET: Photos from NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover let you get lost on another world. “The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover sent back its first image, a tiny thumbnail of its landing spot in Jezero Crater, just moments after its dramatic soft touch-down on Feb. 18. The sedan-size rover has now been cautiously wheeling its way around for several weeks and has already sent back 16,448 total images as of April 1 — and that’s not an April Fools’ gag.”

Smithsonian Magazine: How to Keep Up With NASA’s Perseverance Rover as It Explores Mars

Smithsonian Magazine: How to Keep Up With NASA’s Perseverance Rover as It Explores Mars. “Helping Perseverance complete its mission are several key science instruments. The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter marks the first attempt at a powered, controlled flight on another planet that hopes to give a birds-eye view of the rover’s mission, and the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) aims to convert air from Mars’ carbon dioxide-heavy atmosphere into oxygen. For those who found the images, video and audio from the rover’s Mars expedition that came out this week, stay in touch with ‘Percy’ and its journey with our collection of experts to follow and resources to use.”

NASA: NASA’s Perseverance Rover Sends Sneak Peek of Mars Landing

NASA: NASA’s Perseverance Rover Sends Sneak Peek of Mars Landing. “Unlike with past rovers, the majority of Perseverance’s cameras capture images in color. After landing, two of the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) captured views from the front and rear of the rover, showing one of its wheels in the Martian dirt. Perseverance got a close-up from NASA’s eye in the sky, as well: NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance. Orbiter, which used a special high-resolution camera to capture the spacecraft sailing into Jezero Crater, with its parachute trailing behind.”

SlashGear: NASA’s new tool lets anyone watch Perseverance rover’s journey in real-time

SlashGear: NASA’s new tool lets anyone watch Perseverance rover’s journey in real-time. “Following its recent successful launch of the spacecraft, NASA’s Perseverance rover is on its way to Mars, a journey that will take several months. All will be quiet during this time, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for more information. NASA has launched a free online tool that enables anyone to monitor the rover’s journey in real-time, read information about the journey, and see which celestial body the spacecraft is closest to at any given moment.”

New Atlas: 24-hour webcam let’s you watch as engineers build NASA’s next Mars rover

New Atlas: 24-hour webcam let’s you watch as engineers build NASA’s next Mars rover. “A newly-installed clean room webcam at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is giving members of the public a front row seat as technicians and engineers assemble the Mars 2020 rover. The robotic explorer will be accompanied by a helicopter equipped with a high-resolution camera when it launches to the Red Planet atop an Atlas V rocket next year.”