Ingenuity Preparing For First Flight On Mars
On April 3rd, the helicopter called Ingenuity, was deployed on Mars' surface.
How will it fare on cold Martian nights? Temperatures can drop as low as -130F. Yikes!
They plan to wiggle the blades(4 ft. length) and test the internal systems. Hopefully it will be good to go in about a week.
Ingenuity is a technology based mission - just to see if we can fly a vehicle in Mars' very thin atmosphere, which is only about one percent of Earth's atmosphere. So "lift" is quite the challenge here. That is why Ingenuity is so light, only 4 pounds.
It feels like a Wright Brothers moment just ahead, but a long, long way from Kitty Hawk!