NASA's Ingenuity helicopter poses for a glamor shot as it touches down on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully deployed onto the surface of Mars Saturday, its travel buddy the Perseverance rover capturing it posing triumphantly on the first Martian flight field. The Mars helicopter, a four-pound drone with a...

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter poses for a glamor shot as it touches down on Mars
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter poses for a glamor shot as it touches down on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully deployed onto the surface of Mars Saturday, its travel buddy the Perseverance rover capturing it posing triumphantly on the first Martian flight field.

The Mars helicopter, a four-pound drone with a nearly four-foot blade span, will attempt to make humanity's first-ever flight on an alien planet in April, no earlier than the 11th. If the first flight is successful, it could attempt up to four more over a 30-sol (Mars day) period.

The deployment of Ingenuity from Perseverance took roughly 10 sols. It's a long, delicate process designed to cause as little disturbance as possible. Now that it's on the ground, Persy is driving away to a safe distance. Read more...

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