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Ingenuity Prepares For First Mars Flight

UNSPECIFIED: In this concept illustration provided by NASA, NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter stands on the Red Planet's surface as NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover (partially visible on the left) rolls away. NASA's Perseverance (Mars 2020) rover will store rock and soil samples in sealed tubes on the planet's surface for future missions to retrieve in the area known as Jezero crater on the planet Mars. A key objective for Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. (Photo illustration by NASA via Getty Images)

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is getting ready to make its first flight above the surface of Mars.

The small drone aircraft – which only weighs about four pounds – arrived on Mars last month with the Perseverance rover. NASA hopes it will be able to make its first flight in about a week.

The copter is specially designed to fly in Mars’ thin atmosphere – in fact, it wouldn’t be able to fly on Earth.

Now NASA is left hoping the Ingenuity can survive the freezing Martian nights and accept commands to take flight. One official said “”We’re pretty confident it’s going to work. but you never know until you try it for the first time.”

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