In this video accompanying audio, a soft and humming sound of the air of Mars can be heard. Ingenuity in the video frame can be seen on the right before taking off.
Ingenuity helicopter flying over the surface of Mars (NASA)
The US space agency NASA has released audio and video of its mini helicopter Ingenuity flying on the surface of the planet Mars. This mini chopper completed its fifth test flight through a one-way trip. It flew to another airfield, 129 meters from Wright Brothers Field. During this time it also flew to a height of 10 meters and took some pictures before landing on the ground. This video-audio of the flight test was recorded by Ingenuity’s robotic partner Perseverance Rover from a distance of a football field.
In this video accompanying audio, a soft and humming sound of the air of Mars can be heard. Ingenuity in the video frame can be seen on the right before taking off. When the chopper takes off, the humming of the air increases. During this, the helicopter lifts it up by rotating at 2,537 rpm. The MastCam-Z device of Perception Rover captured the video. Many of Ingenuity’s best pictures and videos have been sent to the Earth through this camera, but they were never mixed with audio.
The microphone on @NASAPersevere‘s SuperCam caught sound during #MarsHelicopter’s 4th flight. The rumbling is Martian wind, but those rhythmic hums come from Ingenuity. Scientists made it easier to hear by isolating the 84 Hz blade sound. https://t.co/uua5h40BPL pic.twitter.com/fGWlMRpVji
– NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) May 7, 2021
Voice will help in understanding the atmosphere of Mars
David Mimon, head of the Supercam microphone mounted on the Rover, said in a statement that from the test conducted on Earth, we felt that the microphone would hardly be able to record the sound of the Ingenuity flight. He said that but now I am surprised to hear the sound of the blades of the helicopter and the wind blowing on the surface of Mars. To understand the atmosphere of Mars, this recording is nothing less than a gold mine.
Flying on Mars for the first time on 19 April
The helicopter, weighing four pounds, was fitted inside NASA’s Perversance Rover and landed on the surface of Mars on 4 April. It made history when the Ingenuity helicopter first flew on 19 April. Actually, this was the first time that a helicopter has been flown on a planet other than the Earth. In the beginning, the engineers had planned to do five flight tests, so that the Perception Rover could carry out its major task of searching for ancient life. During the test flight, Rover acted as a cameraman. At the same time, now engineers have planned to do more test flights considering the performance of the helicopter.
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