NASA's InSight Mars Lander Set To Launch

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  1. tumbling.dice

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  2. How exciting, another couple billion dollars to go look at some rocks and stick a thermometer in the ground
     
  3. egger

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    NASA is sending its first autonomous helicopter to Mars in 2020
    Engadget Kris Holt, Engadget
    May 11, 2018

    NASA is sending its first autonomous helicopter to Mars in 2020

    excerpt:

    "The next vehicle NASA is sending to Mars nestles somewhere between a rover and a satellite, at least in terms of altitude. The agency is bundling an autonomous helicopter with the Mars 2020 rover to test airborne vehicles on the red planet.

    The drone weighs 1.8 kilograms (just under four pounds) and the dual, counter-rotating blades will spin at around 3,000 rpm, roughly 10 times the rate of a regular helicopter. That high blade rotation is important to get the helicopter airborne because of the low atmospheric density on Mars -- when the drone's on the ground, it'll already be at an Earth-equivalent altitude of 100,000 feet. NASA also packed in a heating mechanism to help the drone survive the frigid Mars nights."




     

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