• Small stream in Dorset could be major breakthrough in the search for proof of alien life on Mars - The Independent

    A small stream in Dorset could offer a huge breakthrough in the search for life on Mars.The UK county has very acidic sulphur streams, in which bacteria that have adapted to the extreme conditions live. As such, they can be a perfect testing ground for Mars and anything that lives in them could mimic the same kind of life we might find on the red planet.

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  • In A First, NASA To Send Tiny Robot Helicopter To Mars - NDTV

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  • Here's Why NASA Is Sending a Miniature Helicopter to Mars - Gizmodo

    The four pound helicopter s rotors will spin at 3,000 rpms, 10 times faster than helicopters here on Earth, according to a NASA release. That s because the Martian atmosphere is only about 1 percent the density of Earth s. To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinize everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be, Mimi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement.

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  • NASA to Send a Helicopter to Mars - R & D Magazine

    On May 11, NASA officials announced plans to attach a small, autonomous helicopter to a belly pan aboard the upcoming Mars 2020 Rover mission, currently scheduled to depart in July 2020. NASA has a proud history of firsts, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling. The Mars Helicopter holds much promise for our future science, discovery, and exploration missions to Mars.

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  • NASA's Mars Helicopter: Small, Autonomous Rotorcraft To Fly On Red Planet - International Business Times

    The atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than that of Earth and flying an autonomous chopper in that kind of air could prove extremely difficult. However, the agency, which has been working on this idea since 2013, has made all the necessary changes in the design of its chopper to attempt the flight. The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet. The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it s already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet up, Mimi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL, said in a statement. nbsp; To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinize everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be.

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  • NASA to send helicopter to Mars in 2020. It weighs just 1.8 kg! - Financial Express

    After the Wright Brothers proved 117 years ago that powered, sustained, and controlled flight was possible here on Earth, another group of American pioneers may prove the same can be done on another world,; said Zurbuchen. The helicopter also contains built in capabilities needed for operation at Mars, including solar cells to charge its lithium ion batteries, and a heating mechanism to keep it warm through the cold Martian nights. However, before the helicopter can fly at Mars it has to get there. It will do so attached to the belly pan of the Mars 2020 rover. ;The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet. The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it;s already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet up,; said Mimi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL. ;To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinise everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be,; Aung said.Once the rover is on the planet #8217;s surface, a suitable location will be found to deploy the helicopter down from the vehicle and place it onto the ground. The rover then will be driven away from the helicopter to a safe distance from which it will relay commands. After its batteries are charged and a myriad of tests are performed, controllers on Earth will command the Mars Helicopter to take its first autonomous flight into history. The full 30 day flight test campaign will include up to five flights of incrementally farther flight distances, up to a few hundred metres, and longer durations as long as 90 seconds, over a period. On its first flight, the helicopter will make a short vertical climb to three metres, where it will hover for about 30 seconds. As a technology demonstration, the Mars Helicopter is considered a high risk, high reward project. If it does not work, the Mars 2020 mission will not be impacted. If it does work, helicopters may have a real future as low flying scouts and aerial vehicles to access locations not reachable by ground travel. Mars 2020 will launch on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.

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