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Mars helicopter first flight: Nasa to test Ingenuity



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Photo - BBC

By Laura Foster, Apr. 19: A small helicopter 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 is testing the rotorcraft on Monday but it will take a few hours before we know whether it has worked.

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