On Sunday, NASA revealed that the advanced Ingenuity helicopter is preparing for its historic and first-ever flight on Mars planet Monday if everything goes according to plan.
In the same context, the small robotic helicopter team will be in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, early Monday morning to receive and analyze the first data from Ingenuity’s flight attempt.
Moreover, the smart helicopter is targeted to take off at 3:30 a.m. EDT (0730 GMT) on Monday (April 19) after the tiny drone passed a critical test this weekend.
In a statement by the global space agency, NASA explained that it will take several hours for the data from that first flight to reach Earth.
Later on, NASA will also hold a post-flight update at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), the agency announced.
It’s worth mentioning that the $85 million Ingenuity helicopter arrived on the red planet aboard the Perseverance rover on Feb. 18 when it landed in a region known as Jezero Crater.