InSight is safely on its way to Mars, and NASA didn’t waste much time to break
the next big piece of Mars exploration news: the Mars 2020 rover will be joined by a small helicopter
! Just like the MarCo CubeSats on the InSight mission, this is an technology demonstrator that’s not crucial for the rover mission’s success, but I think we can all agree that it’s just very cool.
How can it fly on Mars? It’s tiny, and its twin counter-rotating blades spin 10 times faster than a helicopter’s here on Earth (where gravity is almost three times as much).
Explore Mars Inc. held its big Humans to Mars Summit again last week, which also saw the newly minted NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in attendance (seen chatting with Buzz Aldrin
). The entire 3 day event can still be caught online
, if you couldn’t go.
PS: I had a peak at my Twitter lists over @martiansoil again recently, and it looks like this one on space scientists
is the most popular one. 327 members and counting, so I hope you like tweets!