NASA will soon try to fly a helicopter over Mars: "It really is like the Wright brothers' moment" | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

NASA will soon try to fly a helicopter over Mars: "It really is like the Wright brothers' moment"

With eight successful Mars landings, NASA is upping the ante with the spacecraft Perseverance. Set for liftoff this week, the newest rover is taking a helicopter along for an otherworldly test flight.

The 4-pound helicopter, Ingenuity, will travel to Mars clutching the rover's belly and, a few months after touchdown, attempt to fly solo. Once dropping onto the Martian surface, Ingenuity will start out like a baby bird, rising 10 feet into the planet's extremely thin atmosphere and flying forward up to 6 feet. With each attempt, it will try to go a little higher and farther.

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