NASA Prepares For First Powered Flight On Mars

Ingenuity heli­copter
Ingenuity conducted a blade spin test ahead of first flight.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Tucked beneath the solar array of a small helicopter on Mars is a postage-stamp-size piece of muslin from a wing of the Wright Flyer, a nod to the first successful demonstration of powered flight 117 years ago. The helicopter, named Ingenuity, will soon attempt the feat on Mars. About the size of a...

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