Jun 11, 2022

Navigation Sensor on Mars Helicopter Dead, NASA Says

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NASA’s Mars helicopter has run into a bit of trouble after 28 successful flights and well over an entire dusty Earth year into its mission on the Red Planet.

One of the four-pound rotorcraft’s navigation sensors has given out — an unfortunate new development, especially considering Martian winter is almost upon it. Extreme temperature swings could soon wreak havoc on the rest of the helicopter’s electronics.

But the team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab says their plucky rotorcraft isn’t finished yet.

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