Astro Bob: Ingenuity Mars Helicopter left overnight in -130℉ - Perseverance indifferent

Apr 6, 2021

An illustration of NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter flying on Mars
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Mars Perseverance rover carried the Ingenuity helicopter carefully to the red planet ... then set it down and "trundled away."

Undaunted, Ingenuity unfurled its solar panels, charged itself up and survived a brisk (-130 ℉) night alone.

Fans of the Mars mission can tune into NASA April 11 for the first flight of the Ingenuity, and you can read more about it here or on the Astro Bob blog.

Meanwhile, back on our home planet, cloudy skies and rain could foul some star gazing, but the spring stars are in the east and Bob will soon be featuring a piece about the "spring triangle" on his blog.  Find out how an arc to Arcturus and a spike to Spika can help you locate that "jaunty little trapezoid," Corvus the crow in the night sky.