April 19 was a historic day. The plans of NASA, the US space agency, went well and on Monday, the Ingenuity helicopter finally took off, the first to fly over Mars.
Last February, great anticipation was created to see the Perseverance rover, the fifth to reach Mars, land. This Monday, all eyes were on the first helicopter to be sent to the neighboring planet.
It became the first powered flight out of Earth, and now we’re waiting for the third. This should be followed by two more, but there is no doubt that all of them will leave us with spectacular images of this point in the solar system.
What will Ingenuity’s third flight to Mars c onsist of?
The flight on Monday 19 lasted only a few seconds and the helicopter rose to about 3 meters from the surface. After the first flight was over, the space agency made sure it was working well.
On its second flight, the helicopter climbed to 5 meters, then traveled another 2 meters. He turned around a few times so that we could better contemplate the landscape of Mars.
NASA has a total of five scheduled flights, during which we will be able to see more images of the Red Planet. This Monday April 26, we will have the opportunity to see the third.
While ingenuity can soar up to 5 meters and travel 300 meters, it will be necessary to wait for the mission to progress to see how it does it.
When will the Ingenuity helicopter’s third flight take place?
Ingenuity’s first flight was scheduled for April 11, but NASA was forced to postpone it due to an issue with Software. Finally, it took place on Monday, April 19, eight days later.
The second took place on Thursday April 22. Now, NASA is preparing to carry out the third, which will take place this Monday April 26
The other two flights are scheduled for the following days:
- Fourth flight: April 29
- Fifth flight: May 2
How to see the Ingenuity helicopter’s third flight live
Unlike the first flight, which could be seen on the NASA website, and like the second, it also doesn’t look like the space agency is going to broadcast Ingenuity’s third flight live.
We will therefore have to wait until they share the images on their website.
If you’re interested, you can watch the NASA TV show below: