Nasa to fly helicopter on Mars for the first time – BBC News

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    A small helicopter, the size of a chihuahua, 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 says it’s now aiming to test it on Monday 19 April but admits it may not be successful, in which case they’ll try again later in the week.

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

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    In This Story: Laura Foster

    Laura Foster is Senior Health, Science and Environment Reporter & Video Journalist for BBC News. Having progressed through the BBC for nearly ten years, her most recent role was with BBC Look North in Yorkshire. She has produced and featured in several covid-19 explainer videos for the BBC.

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