Key things to know about NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
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Washington (AFP) – NASA has made history by successfully flying the mini helicopter Ingenuity on Mars, the first powered flight on another planet.  Here are some key things to know. Proof of concept – The rotorcraft’s first flight lasted 39.1 seconds as Ingenuity lifted itself to a height of 10 feet (three meters) and then returned to the Martian surface.  While it does have the capacity to fly for 90 seconds and cover a distance of up to 980 feet (300 meters), its test runs are intentionally of limited scope as they are meant to prove only that the technology works. Ingenuity is not gathering…

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