Sep 10, 2023

How helicopters on Mars could find hidden magnetism in planet’s crust

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A simple add-on to Ingenuity-like crafts could gather unique data, scientists say. Last weekend, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter notched over 100 minutes of flying time in thin Martian air, a feat which until only a couple of years ago was considered wildly ambitious.

Originally designed for a simple technology demonstration, the “Marscopter” has far exceeded its initial one-month, five-flight mission, after which its role was extended to scout the Martian landscape and assist NASA’s Perseverance life-seeking rover. Riding on Ingenuity’s success, scientists are already planning two more mini helicopters. These will serve as backup copters in the space agency’s mission to bring tubes of Martian… More.

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