We’ve Finally Landed New Machines On Mars
Can I just say how cool it is that we’re doing stuff in space again—and on Mars, no less? There’s nothing like new scientific breakthroughs for the morale of the world.
And, as accomplishments go, Ingenuity and Perseverance are living up to their namesakes.
For those unaware of what happened, the videos will get you up to speed, but the long and short of it is that we landed a rover (Perseverance) on the surface of Mars that can send back images and sound recordings.
But it’s not by itself. It has a friend.
This Drone Is About To Be Part of Human History
Ingenuity, if all goes well, will be the first vehicle to fly on the surface of another planet. The first drone to ever move through an alien sky. The sheer science required to get a vehicle piloting itself through a different gravity and atmosphere is a challenge that hopefully NASA has solved. If for no other reason than the camera shots will be amazing. It’s the kind of thing that inspires future STEM students and deserves to go in textbooks.
The first test flight is set to go in early April, and you can already find footage and sound recordings from the red planet on NASA’s website.
There may come a day in humanity’s future where footage from other worlds is normal and blasé. And, if so, then we should all be proud. Proud of the people getting us there now and will get us there in the future. We’ve looked at the stars and planets and moons for centuries. Now, let’s see them up close.
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