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NASA Is Sending a Helicopter to Mars. How Did I Not Know About This?

Ingenuity Helicopter - NASA

How cool is that? From LiveScience.com:

NASA’s Mars helicopter, named Ingenuity, successfully powered up for the first time in space this month.

Ingenuity is the first helicopter designed to fly on another planet. It is currently travelling to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, which launched on July 30.

On Aug. 7, the helicopter’s six lithium-ion batteries were powered up and charged for the first time in space. The 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) Ingenuity, which is currently stowed beneath Perseverance’s belly, receives its charge from the rover’s power supply, according to a statement from NASA.

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