Mars is getting a helicopter

Here's what you need to know.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter will be the first aircraft to attempt a controlled flight on another world.

The 4-pound craft will ride along with NASA’s Perseverance rover as it launches to Mars in July 2020.

Ingenuity carries navigation sensors, cameras, and a wireless communications system.


Ingenuity's first test flight is scheduled for spring 2021.

But if Ingenuity succeeds, it could open the door to future aircraft possibilities for human exploration on Mars.

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