Today, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter will attempt to fly from the surface of Mars for the first time.
It will make history as the first propelled craft to take off from a planet other than Earth if it succeeds.
“Each world only gets one first flight,” said NASA’s MiMi Aung, project lead of Ingenuity.
“The Wright Brothers achieved the first flight on Earth; Ingenuity is poised to be the first for Mars.”
Last week, the chopper was supposed to take the ride, but it was postponed due to a last-minute software error.
Ms. Aung said NASA was hopeful that the helicopter would take off later this afternoon after further testing over the weekend.
“But this is a test, so we are prepared it might not happen,” Ms Aung said in the project’s latest update.
“We’re doing everything we can to make it a success, but we also know that we may have to scrub and try again.”
If all goes according to plan, you can watch this historic moment unfold on NASA’s social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook from 8:15pm (AEST), as the team sweat it out waiting for the first data to come down.
“Any data — success or failure — will be useful to future projects,” said NASA’s Tim Canham, who leads the helicopter operations.
Source: ABC World News