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So a helicopter flew on Mars for the first time. A space physicist explains why that’s such a big deal – The Conversation AU

Flying the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars is the equivalent of flying one at about 100,000 feet on Earth. Tricky, considering the highest helicopter flight ever recorded…



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Yesterday at 9pm Australian Eastern standard time, the Ingenuity helicopter which landed on Mars with the Perseverance rover in February took off from the Martian surface. More importantly, it hovered for about 30 seconds, three metres above the surface and came right back down again.
It may not sound like a huge feat, but it is. Ingenuitys flight is the first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet. It marks a milestone in the story of human space exploration.
While the Apollo 11 spacecraft…

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