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Why Flying a Helicopter on Mars Is a Big Deal

The successful flight of a four-pound chopper named Ingenuity is a “Wright brothers” moment for the solar system.

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NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Flies on Mars

NASA conducted its first flight on another planet early Monday morning, a short hop for a small chopper named Ingenuity which demonstrated technology that could prove critical to the future of space exploration.

The four-pound vehicle ascended to about 10 feet above the surface of the red planet for about 40 seconds, before descending back to the ground.