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Old Yesterday, 12:35   #1
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First flight on another planet

NASA have successfully flown their helicopter on Mars.

This is the first time that a man-made object has flown on another planet, The helicopter called Ingenuity has a piece of material from the Wright Brother first aircraft.

https://news.sky.com/story/nasas-ing...-mars-12280166

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56799755
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Re: First flight on another planet

Quite an achievement given how thin the atmosphere is on Mars.
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Re: First flight on another planet

I think they have to spin the rotors insanely fast to get the lift they need. All in all an absolute marvel of engineering. Great to see some actual video from the surface as well ... they don’t normally bother trying to put video cameras on their rovers as nothing moves fast enough to be worth the effort.
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Re: First flight on another planet

Yes, great footage of the Arizona desert....................only joking!
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Re: First flight on another planet

they said the atmosphere is similar to the Top of Everest,
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Re: First flight on another planet

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they said the atmosphere is similar to the Top of Everest,
It's a lot thinner than that. The atmospheric pressue on Mars is about 1% of that at sea level here and mostly carbon dioxide. IIRC everest is about 30%
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