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just-the-doctor1105 karma

When Ingenuity first takes flight, will it be strictly using the cameras for navigation or will it also be recording the videos. If the videos are recorded, will they be transmitted back to Earth and made public?

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“...[Ingenuity] will remain attached to the rover for 30 to 60 days...” (NASA JPL).

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I can’t find the story but one of the astronauts actually put the dealership’s sticker on the lunar rover.

Edit: it was on the lunar rover not lunar module

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“But many of its other components are commercial, off-the-shelf parts from the world of smart phones, including two cameras, an inertial measurement unit (measuring movement), an altimeter (measuring altitude), an inclinometer (measuring tilt angles) and computer processors.” (NASA JPL).

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The winds on Mars are much slower than on Earth and the atmospheric pressure is much less meaning that Martian wind are less powerful than the wind on Earth. “Martian storms top out at about 60 miles per hour, less than half the speed of some hurricane-force winds on Earth. Focusing on wind speed may be a little misleading, as well. The atmosphere on Mars is about 1 percent as dense as Earth's atmosphere. That means to fly a kite on Mars, the wind would need to blow much faster than on Earth to get the kite in the air. "The key difference between Earth and Mars is that Mars' atmospheric pressure is a lot less," said William Farrell, a plasma physicist who studies atmospheric breakdown in Mars dust storms at Goddard. "So things get blown, but it's not with the same intensity."” (NASA).