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2019-04-05

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It is scheduled for launch next year. Photo credit: www.nasa.gov  

NASA’s Mars Helicopter, designed to fly in thin atmosphere and low gravity, has successfully completed flight tests and is prepared for its journey to the Red Planet scheduled to take off in 2020, the U.S. space agency said.

Weighing in at no more than 1.8 kg, the helicopter is a technology demonstration project currently going through the rigorous verification process certifying it for Mars.

The helicopter has to function in extremely cold temperatures, including nights with temperatures as low as minus 90 degrees Celsius.

The helicopter is scheduled to reach the surface of the Red Planet in February 2021.

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