First Helicopter on Mars Radios Home, Reports It’s OK After Perseverance Rover Landing

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The first heli­copter ever sent to anoth­er world is doing just fine on Mars after sur­viv­ing a “sev­en min­utes of ter­ror” land­ing aboard NASA’s Perseverance.The Inge­nu­ity heli­copter, which land­ed on Mars with Per­se­ver­ance on Thurs­day (Feb. 18), is awake and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with con­trollers on Earth.Controllers at NASA’s Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­to­ry (JPL) received a down­link on Fri­day at 6:30 p.m. EST (2330 GMT) through the Mars Recon­nais­sance Orbiter, indi­cat­ing the 4‑lb. (2 kilo­grams) heli­copter and its base sta­tion are both oper­at­ing normally.Related: The Inge­nu­ity heli­copter on Mars, here’s what to knowL­ive updates: NASA’s Per­se­ver­ance Mars rover mission
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