Mars Helicopter Prepares for Takeoff

March 31, 2021
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Beginning April 2021, the window opens for the first flight of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. It will be history’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.

The duration of Ingenuity’s mission is 30 days, where one or more test flights will be attempted. As a technology demonstration, Ingenuity is testing a new capability for the first time: showing controlled flight is possible in the very thin Martian atmosphere. If successful, Ingenuity could lead to an aerial dimension to space exploration, aiding both robots and humans in the future.

Ingenuity arrived at Mars on February 18, 2021, riding along with NASA’s Perseverance rover.

Learn more about the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter