NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will make history's first attempt at powered flight on another planet. The helicopter is riding to Mars with the Perseverance rover. Perseverance, with Ingenuity attached to its belly, will land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021.
As a technology demonstration, Ingenuity is testing a new capability for the first time: showing controlled flight is possible in the very thin Martian atmosphere. If successful, Ingenuity could lead to an aerial dimension to space exploration, aiding both robots and humans in the future.