Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission - Nasa daily picture for April 29 (2020)

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Mars helicopter

Shown in the artist's rendering is the Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with NASA's Mars Perseverance rover, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.

Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet, NASA's Mars Helicopter officially has received a new name: Ingenuity.

Vaneeza Rupani, a junior at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama, came up with the name and the motivation behind it during NASA's "Name the Rover" essay contest.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech



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