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Small ingenuity helicopter explores the red planet
The small helicopter weighs less than two cartons. But all of his important missions are huge: he must explore distant Mars! The helicopter, dubbed “Intelligence” (pronounced: Intensity), was not particularly brightly designed. It spins very quickly, explains expert Ulrich Kohler.
Washington (dpa). A robot brought him to Mars. The helicopter took off for the first time on Monday. Not as easy as this. The start had to be postponed several times. In addition, there is not exactly flying weather. At night it is as cold as minus 90 degrees Celsius. In addition, the planet’s gravitational pull is less than that of Earth.
The first flight was very short: climb up, stand briefly in the air, and land. But passed the test. In the future, the helicopter will help explore Mars.
“We are trying to understand how the climate on Mars has changed,” says expert Ulrich Kohler. This research work should take a few years.
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