NASA will test the Mars helicopter Zhi on April 19

Ingenuity Mars helicopter


After a delay of almost a week, NASA finally fixed the problems found during the previous test of the Gwit Mars helicopter and is ready for the first round of test flights. The current tentative time is 3:30 a.m. Eastern time on April 19, which is 3:30 p.m. local time. However, the Gizwits does not have the ability to “live broadcast”, so during the test period, scientists will not be able to see the flight process in real time. NASA’s live broadcast has also become a live broadcast of the “data download” process. It is expected to be 6:15 a.m. EDT At the beginning, it was 6:15 in the local evening, and a preliminary results announcement press conference was scheduled to be held at 2 pm in the East of the United States.

If successful, this will be the first time that humans “fly” in an extraterrestrial atmosphere, which is of great historical significance, so NASA can’t be too careful. If something unexpected happens during the preparation process, I think NASA would rather postpone it again than take the risk!