How to Explore a Planet? You Need to be Airborne! #poem #poetry #NASA #MAR2020 #drone

NASA concept - helicopter on Mars

NASA concept of a helicopter on Mars

Small
Autonomous
Rotorcraft,
About to leave for Mars.
No, it cannot fly through space.
It hitchhikes for the ride.
Once its rover host
Touches down
And backs off quite a ways,
Will relay orders from the Earth,
To test it makes the grade.
Can solar cells keep it charged,
And keep it warm at night?
Can it rise three meters high
On a ninety second flight?
Then we’ll have a helicopter
On another world.
As thrilling
A capability
As any that I’ve heard.

Kate Rauner

It may seem like a small step, but Mars’ atmosphere is like flying 100,000 ft above Earth’s surface, about three times the height of commercial airplanes. Many outlets cover this element of the Mars 2020 mission, including Reuters

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4 thoughts on “How to Explore a Planet? You Need to be Airborne! #poem #poetry #NASA #MAR2020 #drone

    • I didn’t realize it was possible in such thin “air” but they think they have a design. I guess this first mission won’t go terribly far and only take pictures, but so cool for the future. I’ll have to keep reading about it.

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      • I remember reading that something like this was in development. The thin air was definitely a problem, but it sounded like they could overcome that. Even so, it still sounded like one of those “maybe we’ll do it in twenty years” kind of things, not something that would be ready to go with the next rover!

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