NASA drone lands on Mars for historic first flight on another world

NASA drone lands on Mars for historic first flight on another world


It’s one giant leap for drone-kind.

The helicopter drone set to make humankind’s first flight on another planet has touched down on Mars, NASA said.

Photos show the four-legged contraption parked on the red planet’s surface — after hitching a ride there on NASA’s Perseverance rover — before it takes off on or around April 1 for the first of as many as five 90-second flights, the Verge reported.

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The extra-light drone — named Ingenuity — will spend the days before its maiden voyage collecting energy from the sun to maintain operation during frigid Mars nights, NASA said in a statement last month.

When the chopper is ready to deploy, NASA’s team in California will take about six Mars days — just four Earth hours — to deploy the drone to elevate at a rate of three feet per second.

The drone takes eight hours to communicate its actions with its Earth-bound architects.

The craft will be able

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