NASA to send a helicopter to Mars

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MiMi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL, said in a statement: "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".

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was working on the design of Mars Helicopter for the last four years.

The craft weighs in at little under four pounds, and its fuselage is about the size of a softball.

Soviet scientists dropped two balloons into the atmosphere of Venus in the 1980s. Given that Planet is until now far from Mars, it will certainly take numerous mins to send out the helicopter regulates.

The remote-controlled Mars Helicopter, created to take flight in the thin Martian atmosphere with twin counter-rotating blades, weighs about four pounds (1.8 kilograms), with a fuselage the size of a softball, NASA said.

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"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 Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's science mission directorate in Washington. The helicopter will certainly try to fly with the Martian air to see if cars could also rise on Mars, where the ambience is 100 times thinner compared to that of Planet. The helicopter contains a heating mechanism to keep it warm during frigid nights and solar cells to charge its lithium-ion batteries.

The helicopter is supposed to be used to achieve points on the surface of Mars, where you will not be able to get the Rover. Mars is about 20 light minutes away from Earth.

NASA stated it intends that the 30day flight test interval which could include as many as five flights, so starting with a brief vertical jaunt to hover for around 30 seconds at a elevation of 10 feet (3 meters) and progressing to flight distances upto a couple hundred yards and durations up to 90 seconds.

The Mars 2020 mission, scheduled for launch aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral in July 2020, is expected to reach the red planet in February 2021.

If the chopper does fly, it'll capture a rare birds-eye-view of Mars with two cameras and will open gates for sending future flying vehicles to Mars to scout out locations that are hard to access.