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NASA’s miniature helicopter has safely deployed on Mars, setting the stage for a potential first flight on the Red Planet.
On Saturday, NASA confirmed that Ingenuity had safely separated from the rover’s belly and survived the four-inch drop to Mars‘ surface.
The successful deployment brings NASA one step closer to its first attempt at testing the possibility of powered, controlled flight on another planet — which could one day allow scientists to observe and explore parts of Mars’ surface that rovers can’t reach.
For now, the project is purely experimental, focused on demonstrating a new technology rather than assisting the Perseverance mission, which is currently roaming Mars for signs of ancient life and collecting samples from the planet’s surface.
When NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter attempts its first test flight on the Red Planet, the agency‘s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will be close by, as seen in this artist’s concept.
toggle caption NASA/JPL-Caltech When NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter attempts its first test flight on the Red Planet, the agency’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will be close by, as seen in this artist’s concept.
Surviving the 293 million mile journey to Mars and safely dropping from Perseverance were the first in a series of milestones the helicopter must cross before its inaugural flight.
After receiving commands from Earth relayed through the Perseverance rover, the helicopter will also have to make each test flight without real-time input from mission control.