NASA delays Ingenuity Mars helicopter’s first flight to April 11

The first scheduled flight of Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars will take place no earlier than April 11, the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced on Thursday. The Ingenuity helicopter, a technology experiment and companion of Nasa’s Perseverance rover, was previously slated to take off no sooner than April 8. It will be the first aircraft to attempt controlled flight on another planet, a feat with a high degree of difficulty.

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