NASA will send two more helicopters to Mars after Ingenuity. The two helicopters will play an important role in transporting samples to Earth
NASA is working on arguably its most ambitious space mission since Apollo. The space agency, which conducts various researches on Mars, continues to search for the remains of life on the red planet. NASA, which sent a helicopter to Mars for the first time during this mission, is preparing to send new aircraft.
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NASA is sending two more helicopters to Mars
NASA is conducting various flights on Mars with its Mars helicopter Ingenuity. The vehicle, which collects various data from the air with these flights, is also the first remotely controlled aircraft in space. On the other hand, Perseverance continues to collect various samples on the surface of Mars.
Scientists are planning to carry out important studies with the samples and data collected by the rovers on Mars. However, it seems that NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) aim to add new ones to these vehicles. In line with this goal, two more helicopters will be sent to Mars.
Although the vehicles have collected various samples, the transportation of these samples to Earth is of great importance. For this purpose, Earth Return Orbiter and Sample Retrieval Lander spacecraft will be sent to Mars in 2027 and 2028.
Initially, two landers were planned to land on the surface of Mars and retrieve samples from Perseverance. However, following the success of Ingenuity, NASA decided to take the samples from Perseverance with two helicopters, one of which will be a backup. Thus, it is reported that the transportation will be faster.
There is also the possibility that Perseverance will still be operational when the vehicle sent by NASA to Mars to return the samples lands. In this case, Perseverance can load the samples directly onto the rover that will return to Earth.
Of course, we will have to wait a few more years to see all this. So what do you think about NASA’s Mars mission? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.