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Ingenuity: Mars Helicopter

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∙ The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) regained contact with its Mars Ingenuity Helicopter after its 72nd flight.

About Ingenuity

∙ It is a small robotic chopper and the first aircraft to make a powered, controlled flight sent to Mars on an experimental basis.

∙ It has been called a ‘Wright Brothers moment’.

∙ It flies in Mars’ thin atmosphere, which isn’t conducive for flying.

∙ It uses solar power to charge its batteries and relies on internal heaters  to  maintain operational temperatures during the cold Martian nights.∙ It paves the way for future aerial explorer

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