So the new Mars rover (there are so many now it’s hard to keep track of which is which) brought a helicopter with it. Or more accurately, a little drone that weighs four pounds and is probably so brittle your three year old could break it whilst holding a candy cane.
Mars’ atmosphere is so thin the two twin blade props on the thing had to spin at an insane rotation rate to attain the necessary lift. You can see the NASA video here:
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight | NASA
Pretty cool. That’s no kidding a human creation in flight on another planet.
Essentially this is a test bed for future airborne drones which could be used to explore Mars far more effectively than a ground based rover crawling around at 1.73 kph.
But I’m insane, so all of this is minor scraps for me. What I REALLY want to know is:
1) When will the NASA airborne drones be armed with guided missiles and chain guns?
2) In keeping with Humanity’s desire to destroy everything including ourselves, when will these armed drones be used to exterminate all remaining life on Mars?
3) After extinction, when will Mars be available as your pristine holiday destination?
These are important things to consider. Too harsh? Wrong. After all, Mars started it. We’ll make sure Earth finishes it.