Arnold Schwarzenegger had some necessary phrases for NASA forward of the historic first flight of the company’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity.
“Get to the choppa, NASA!” Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-American actor turned politician who served because the governor of California from 2003 to 2011, tweeted on Sunday (April 18) as NASA was getting ready for Ingenuity’s first flight. The tweet references Schwarzenegger’s iconic line from the 1987 movie “Predator” through which he yells “Get to the choppa!”
You heard @schwarzenegger. Get to da choppa! DO IT! DO IT NOW! WE ARE WAITING! #MarsHelicopter Mission Management LiveApril 19 at 3:15am PDT (6:15am EDT/1015 GMT)https://t.co/SCVeYsIfBh https://t.co/H6CJXbBPEjApril 18, 2021
Alongside the encouraging assertion, Arnold shared a video of himself celebrating the information and saying this iconic line.
“Hiya, my mates at NASA. You already know, after I heard about this helicopter, proper, that you will do on Mars, I used to be so enthusiastic about that that instantly I needed to only scream out and say ‘get your ass to Mars!'” Schwarzenegger mentioned within the video. “That is actually implausible, we’re all celebrating for the primary time to have a helicopter take off on Mars. I can not anticipate all of the footage and all what this appears to be like like … Get to the choppa!”
After a few flight delays, NASA anticipated Ingenuity to elevate off for the primary time early this morning. And, at about 6:50 a.m. EDT (1050 GMT) this morning, information beamed to Earth from Ingenuity confirming that, in reality, the “choppa” had efficiently lifted off, reaching a peak of 10 toes (Three meters) above the Martian floor. The little 4-lb. (1.eight kilograms) craft flew for a complete of about 40 seconds earlier than touchdown again down.
Ingenuity flew to Mars folded up and tucked below the stomach of NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed safely in Jezero Crater on Mars Feb. 18. After scouting a location for the helicopter to take flight, “Percy” dropped the helicopter on the Martian floor the place mission workforce members might check it additional, rotating its blades and making certain its photo voltaic array was working appropriately earlier than lifting off.
At present’s transient milestone was the primary managed, powered flight ever executed on one other world; an “extraterrestrial Wright brother’s second,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA affiliate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters, has mentioned.
Schwarzenegger wasn’t the one celeb to have a good time the historic second.
Pop music artist Enrique Iglesias was additionally thrilled to witness the historic flight, tweeting in each English and Spanish, “Guys! @NASA goes to fly A HELICOPTER ON MARS! #MarsHelicopter Actually unbelievable! Primer vuelo en la historia de cualquier artefacto volando en otro planeta. Que suerte que nos haya tocado poder ver esto a nuestra generación.”
Guys! @NASA goes to fly A HELICOPTER ON MARS! #MarsHelicopter Actually unbelievable! Primer vuelo en la historia de cualquier artefacto volando en otro planeta. Que suerte que nos haya tocado poder ver esto a nuestra generación @NASA_Es pic.twitter.com/DhO5rJv5a0April 18, 2021
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