NASA shared the sounds of its little helicopter humming through the thin air on Mars. This is the first-ever audio released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California Friday.
Earlier, during the fourth flight, the low hum from the helicopter blades spinning at more than 2,500 revolutions per minute was barely audible.
The 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) helicopter was more than 80 meters away from the microphone on the Perseverance rover. The wind blowing through Mars has also obscured the chopper’s sound. NASA keeps sharing the visuals and audio clips from the Mars surface.
Ingenuity is the first powered aircraft to fly on another planet (Mars) by NASA. It arrived at Mars on Feb. 18, 2021.
Although this demo was supposed to end a few days ago, but NASA extended the mission by at least a month to get more flying time.
After completing its first phase, NASA’s rover can begin hunting for rocks on Mars. These rocks might contain signs of past microscopic life.