Three Points: Martian first flight, Alaska joins oneworld, saving United 1175

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  • NASA’s Perseverance rover landed successfully on Mars on February 18 and this planet is now watching for a takeoff. The Ingenuity helicopter won’t fly before April 11, but if it does, it’ll do so with the Wright Brothers aboard and the legacy of another pathfinding Mars mission.
  • As it charts its path on the other side of the pandemic, Alaska Airlines membership to the oneworld alliance became official on March 31. With that membership comes a serious bulking-up with American Airlines as it defends its home turf in Seattle.
  • The February 2018 engine failure aboard United flight 1175 was far more harrowing than its outcome suggested, according to its captain. That has broader implications for an industry studying putting fewer pilots in the cockpit.
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