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NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity: What you need to know before its first flight – CNET

NASA engineers will try and attempt the first flight on Mars in just a few days time — and it could change space exploration forever.

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Ingenuity takes flight on Mars in this NASA animation.
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NASA’s wheeled rovers have revealed an incredible amount about Mars. From learning about the planet’s wet history and discovering the chemistry of its soil, to the puzzling presence of methane in its atmosphere, the rolling robots have been indispensable in painting a picture of one of Earth’s closest neighbors. They are remarkable, but they can’t cover a lot of ground — slow movement is critical to prevent them from tumbling…

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