The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter of NASA is to make its first flight. With this, Ingenuity will make history of becoming the first controlled aircraft to fly in another planet.
The Ingenuity Helicopter is a part of the Mars 2020 Mission of NASA.
It will serve as a technology demonstrator for the potential use of flying probes in other worlds.
It was carried to the Martian surface by the Perseverance rover that landed at the Octavia Butler Landing site in Jezero crater.
The Ingenuity carries a piece of fabric from the wing of Wright Flyer.
The Mars 2020 mission is a part of Mars Exploration Programme of NASA. It was launched from the earth in July 2020. It reached Mars in February 2021.
The Mars Exploration Programme is an effort to explore planet Mars. It was initially formed in 1993. However, in 2013, due to 40% cut in NASA’s budget, the programme was reformulated.