#MarsMission

.Beijing, China
NASA shows steps in the descent of the Mars Perseverance rover as it approaches the surface of the Red Planet on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • China's "Zhurong" rover set to attempt landing onto the Red Planet in the next five days
  • A separate Chinese rocket hurtled uncontrollably back towards Earth last week
  • NASA's Perseverance became the fifth rover to successfully land on Mars since 1997

.Houston, TX, USA
The Perseverance rover landed on Mars in February this year. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NASAPersevere)

  • The video is nearly three minutes long
  • The blades of the copter are spinning at nearly 2,400 rpm while airborne
  • The video was captured at Jezero Crater, the landing site of the rover

.Houston, TX, USA
Ingenuity's exploits have captured the public's imagination since it made its first flight on April 19. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NASA)

  • Ingenuity to assist in Perseverance rover's search for past signs of microbial life
  • The mini chopper still has two more of its slated original flights
  • It keeps warm with a solar-powered heater

.Houston, TX, USA
(Photo Credit: Twitter/@NASAJPL)

  • The Perseverance rover filmed the helicopter's entire flight
  • The videos would be shared by NASA 
  • NASA is preparing for a fourth flight

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars on February 18. (Photo credit: Twitter/@NASA)

  • The technology demonstration took place on April 20
  • The process produces carbon monoxide as a byproduct
  • NASA's Perseverance rover has also directly recorded the sounds of Mars for the first time

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
NASA's experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity hovers above the surface of Mars (Photo Credits: AP/PTI Photo)

  • NASA has made history by successfully flying the mini helicopter Ingenuity on Mars
  • The rotorcraft's first flight lasted 39.1 seconds 
  • Ingenuity is not gathering scientific data about Mars or aiding in the search for past microbial life

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
What looks like a child's spindly toy, the Ingenuity has a small solar panel for charging the helicopter's six lithium batteries. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NASA)

  • Ingenuity is NASA's robotic helicopter sent to Mars along with the Perseverence rover
  • It will serve as a technology demonstrator for the potential use of flying probes on other worlds
  • Launched on July 30, 2020, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, it landed on Mars on February 18, 2021

The Ingenuity helicopter weighs about 1.8 kilograms. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NASA)

  • It is the first-ever powered, controlled flight conducted on another planet
  • The flight was originally planned for April 11 but was postponed over a software issue 
  • The Ingenuity helicopter's blades rotate at a speed of 2,500 rpm

.Hawthorne, CA, USA
SpaceX took to Twitter to share the news with its followers. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@SpaceX)

  • SpaceX announced earlier in the week that it raised around $1.16 billion in equity financing
  • It beat Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin
  • NASA is now preparing for long-term settlement plans on the Moon

.Houston, TX, USA
NASA noted the copter is "safe and healthy" and had sent information back to Earth. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NASA)

  • Possible tech issue emerged while testing its rotors
  • A high-speed test ended earlier than expected due to an alert of a potential issue
  • The plan was to have Ingenuity fly for 30 seconds to take a picture of the Perseverance