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NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter to make first flight in historic mission today


NASA is expected to make history today by launching the first helicopter flight above Mars. The tiny 1.8kg helicopter, called Ingenuity, was carried to the red planet by the space agency's Perseverance rover.

The space agency previously called the flight a “Wright brothers moment” and even attached a stamp-sized piece of the aviation pioneers’ 1903 plane wing to Ingenuity.

Ingenuity is scheduled to fly three metres above a Martian basin called Jezero Crater and hover there for 30 seconds, before rotating and coming back down.

But there are fears about the pre-programmed flight potentially failing due to the challenging conditions of Mars. Sign up to our newsletter to get the day's biggest news straight to your inbox The Mirror's

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