Engineer Tries to Achieve Flight at Mars' Surface Pressure In a Vacuum Chamber

You'll definitely appreciate Ingenuity more after watching this — flying on Mars isn't easy!

The Action Lab is a channel dedicated to performing exciting experiments, and it does live up to its name. From building a bizarre 'floating table' held up by strings only to boiling water with his bare hands, the engineer is known for his many cool ideas and even cooler executions, and in this video, he takes the viewers to the Red Planet, by mimicking the surface pressure of Mars in a vacuum chamber.

The interesting experiment was born out of curiosity of course: Could he achieve flight in his vacuum chamber at the pressure on the surface of Mars? He not only does the experiment, but he also talks about Ingenuity, a 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) helicopter that hitched a ride on NASA’s Perseverance rover and made history on Mars, and how it can fly on the Red Planet. You'll be probably surprised by the atmospheric pressure in Mars being this low and form a deeper appreciation for the engineering that has made Ingenuity possible. If you'd like to learn more, make sure you watch the video embedded above.

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