- (Washington – AFP)
Date: 02 May 2021
The US Space Agency (NASA) announced yesterday that it will extend the mission of the ‘Ingenuity’ helicopter for an additional month to support the mobile robot ‘Perseverance’, after the agency succeeded in proving the possibility of flying in the atmosphere of the Red Planet.
From now on, Ingenuity will support the rover in its mission to search for signs of previous microbial life on Mars, by accompanying it, for example, in exploring sites of scientific interest inaccessible to the robot, or in determining the safest path.
NASA Planetary Studies Director Laurie Glees said in a press conference that the ‘Ingenuity’ mission will change from being a ‘mission to prove its technical ability’ to become ‘a mission to demonstrate its operational ability, through which we collect information on its potential use in providing operational support for the Perseverance vehicle.