Why Ingenuity, the first helicopter to fly on another planet, is such a big deal

Ingenuity is the first-of-its-kind chopper, as flying on Mars is no mean task.

Nasa’s rover, Perseverance, successfully landed on the Jezero crater on Mars on February 18. Safely tucked under the probe’s belly, another engineering marvel called Ingenuity rode along the 200 million km journey to reach the planet.

Ingenuity is a mini-helicopter that will deploy and make short flights on the red planet in the coming months. If successful, the aerial ventures are set to create space history as Ingenuity will be the first airborne vehicle to fly on another planet.

After surviving the rigours of space travel and the excruciating descent to the surface of Mars, Ingenuity called in on the ground engineers on February 20.

Nasa reports that the copter and its base station—an electrical contraption on the rover that will oversee the communications between Ingenuity and Earth—were both working as per expectations.

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