Mars helicopter first flight: Nasa to test Ingenuity


This small helicopter is set to be the first to fly on another planet.

Ingenuity is a 1.8kg (4lb) helicopter that travelled to Mars inside Nasa’s Perseverance rover, which landed in February 2021.

Nasa is testing the rotorcraft on Monday 19 April but it will take a few hours before we know whether it has worked.

Flying on the Red Planet isn’t straightforward – as BBC science reporter Laura Foster and Nasa systems engineer Farah Alibay explain.

Video by Laura Foster

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