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Nasa to fly helicopter on Mars for first time

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This small helicopter is about to be the primary to fly on one other 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 however it can take a couple of hours earlier than we all know whether or not it has labored.

Flying on the Crimson Planet is not simple – as BBC science reporter Laura Foster and Nasa techniques engineer Farah Alibay clarify.

Video by Laura Foster