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NASA rover drops Ingenuity helicopter off on Mars as its historic flight nears – CNET

The tiny chopper has all four feet on Martian ground and is on its own now.



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Perseverance snapped this image of the Ingenuity helicopter on March 28 close to the beginning of the deployment process.
NASA has plenty of experience operating wheeled rovers on Mars, but it’s never tried to fly a helicopter on the red planet before. The Ingenuity rotorcraft will get a chance to make history this month by flying the Martian skies, but first the Perseverance rover had to drop it off on the ground. 
As of Saturday, Ingenuity is on its own. “Mars helicopter touchdown…

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