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NASA'S INGENUITY MARS HELICOPTER SUCCESSFULLY TOOK OFF

NASA'S INGENUITY MARS HELICOPTER SUCCESSFULLY TOOK OFF

Context

Recently, NASA's miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity performed a successful takeoff and landing on Mars.

Details

  • It is the first helicopter to fly on Mars.
  • It was carried by NASA’s rover called Perseverance that was launched in July 2020.
  • Ingenuity is able to fly using counter-rotating blades that spin at about 2,400 rpm (Rotations Per Minute).
  • It has a wireless communication system and is equipped with computers, navigation sensors, and two cameras.
  • It is solar-powered, able to charge on its own.
  • It will help collect samples from the surface from locations where the rover cannot reach.

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