Nasa's Mars helicopter Ingenuity shifts into new operational test phase

Nasa's Mars helicopter Ingenuity shifts into new operational test phase

The Straits Times - World·2021-05-01 12:03

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - After exceeding all expectations with its initial four test flights, the first ever by an aircraft over the surface of another planet, Nasa's tiny Mars robot helicopter Ingenuity is ready for graduation.

The US space agency announced on Friday (April 30) that Ingenuity is shifting from a pure proof-of-concept, technology demonstration mode to a more ambitious mission gauging how aerial scouting and other functions might benefit future scientific exploration of the Red Planet.

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