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The Perpetual MEGA Space Thread

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
pilot
Super Moderator
#31
NASA will send helicopter to Mars to test otherworldly flight
Standing by for noise complaints......

"The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet [12,000 meters]," MiMi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL, said in the statement. "The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it's already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet [30,000 m] up.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44090509
https://www.space.com/40570-nasa-sending-helicopter-to-mars.html

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#33
"The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it's already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet [30,000 m] up.
The Internet comments about this on every news site I've seen haven't disappointed:

"How can they fly a helycopter on Mars if there's no air???????"

"Give NASA 50 Million a day and they can show us cows on Mars."

And so on.


Really cool story though.
 

Jim123

molding (warping) the future of naval aviation
pilot
#34
The Internet comments about this on every news site I've seen haven't disappointed:
Just think, there are people even stupider than that who are too busy watching the Kardashians to click on the boring science story.

Mars has a lot less gravity too. The little drone will be able to make a short hop to go check stuff out that the rover can't get to, it will sit for a long time to recharge, and repeat as many times as they can get away with.

(Speaking of science and the masses, the planet after Mars rhymes with stupider.)
 

Swanee

Self aware since 2014
pilot
Contributor
#35
Wow, a UAV being called nothing more than a helicopter or airplane in the news media. That's almost as big of a deal as the fact that we're going to fly and land multiple times off the surface of another planet! Sweet!
 

Beans

*1. Loins... GIRD
pilot
#36
Just think, there are people even stupider than that who are too busy watching the Kardashians to click on the boring science story.

Mars has a lot less gravity too. The little drone will be able to make a short hop to go check stuff out that the rover can't get to, it will sit for a long time to recharge, and repeat as many times as they can get away with.

(Speaking of science and the masses, the planet after Mars rhymes with stupider.)
Ceres?