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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Gets Set for Historic First Flight on Another World – The Wall Street Journal

The brief excursion could help usher in a new era of space exploration in which drones play a vital role

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In a hardscrabble crater on Mars, a tiny helicopter with a smartphone brain is now days away from attempting the first powered flight on another world. NASA hopes its spindly robot copter, named Ingenuity, will prove that powered flight is possible in the perilously thin Martian air and help usher in a new era of planetary exploration in which drones play a vital role.
Ingenuity reached Mars like a stowaway, folded up on the underside of NASAs Perseverance rover, which landed on the red planet in…

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