With eight successful Mars landings, NASA is upping the ante with the spacecraft. Set for liftoff this week, the newest rover is taking a helicopter along for an otherworldly test flight.
The 4-pound helicopter, Ingenuity, will travel to Mars clutching the rover’s belly and, a few months after touchdown, attempt to fly solo. Once dropping onto the Martian surface, Ingenuity will start out like a baby bird, rising 10 feet into the planet’s extremely thin atmosphere and flying forward up to 6 feet. With each attempt, it will try to go a little higher and farther.
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