The first-ever powered, managed flight on Mars received a presidential thumbs-up.
President Joe Biden tweeted his help for the Ingenuity team after the little helicopter’s record-setting Mars flight on Monday (April 19).
“Today, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter achieved liftoff — becoming the first aircraft to fly on another planet. NASA proved once again that with relentless determination and the power of America’s best minds, anything is possible,” Biden tweeted that day, together with an image of him with a mannequin of the 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper.
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Today, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter achieved liftoff — turning into the primary plane to fly on one other planet. NASA proved as soon as once more that with relentless willpower and the facility of America’s greatest minds, something is feasible. pic.twitter.com/elC4KPgSOLApril 19, 2021
Ingenuity, a expertise demonstration that landed with NASA’s Perseverance rover on Feb. 18, is designed to indicate that aerial exploration is possible on Mars. The little helicopter will make as much as 5 flights throughout its month-long operational window, which closes in two weeks.
Ingenuity simply made flight quantity two this morning (April 22), staying aloft for almost 52 seconds and performing extra complicated maneuvers than it tried on Monday.
Monday’s tweet wasn’t Biden’s first expression of help for NASA’s Mars exploration efforts. For instance, the president known as appearing NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk shortly after Perseverance and Ingenuity touched down contained in the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater.
“His first words were ‘Congratulations, man,’ and I knew it was him,” Jurczyk mentioned in February of the decision. “He talked about how proud he was of what we had accomplished.”
Also, the not too long ago launched federal price range request for 2022 allocates $24.7 billion to NASA and contains discretionary funding for an vital follow-on to Perseverance’s work —hauling to Earth samples that the rover will gather.
In bigger NASA news, on March 19 Biden nominated a everlasting administrator for the company — veteran politician Bill Nelson, whose Senate affirmation listening to occurred on Wednesday (April 21). Nelson’s speedy path to the Senate contrasts with that of earlier NASA chief Jim Bridenstine, who was narrowly confirmed in 2018 after a 15-month wait.
The first-ever powered, managed flight on Earth was carried out by Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on Dec. 17, 1903. Among the Wrights’ many accolades, President William Howard Taft presented the brothers with the Aero Club of America gold medals within the East Room of the White House in 1909. At the time, Taft mentioned the medals had been “the first presidential recognition of aeronautics since President [George] Washington.”
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