Nasa to fly helicopter on Mars for the first time

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Published on April 19, 2021 by

A small helicopter, the size of a chihuahua, is set to be the first to fly on another planet.

Ingenuity is a 1.8kg (4lb) helicopter that travelled to Mars inside Nasa’s Perseverance rover, which landed in February 2021.

Nasa says it’s now aiming to test it on Monday 19 April but admits it may not be successful, in which case they’ll try again later in the week.

Flying on the Red Planet isn’t straightforward – as BBC science reporter Laura Foster and Nasa systems engineer Farah Alibay explain.

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