NASA launches a helicopter from the surface of Mars in the first flight of its kind

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  • Rebecca Morell
  • BBC science affairs correspondent

A helicopter and spacecraft selfie on Mars.

Photo released, Nasa

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A NASA helicopter and spacecraft selfie together on Mars

On Monday, NASA launches a helicopter from the surface of Mars, in a move that may become historic.

If all goes well, it will be the first human-controlled flight to another planet.

The Mars helicopter, called “Enginute”, is scheduled to reach a height of approximately 3 meters, fly for about 30 seconds, rotate on its axis, and then land.

But taking off the plane will not be an easy matter, given that this technology has not been tried before, and that flight conditions are difficult.



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