27 minutes | Oct 7, 2020

Ingenuity Helicopter: Flying on Mars

In July 2020, NASA launched its newest Mars rover to the red planet, complete with a stowaway: a small, four-pound helicopter that could become the very first spacecraft to fly on another world. A feat of engineering, the Ingenuity helicopter had to be designed from scratch for the toughest flying conditions imaginable, and heading up that effort was MiMi Aung, a 30-year veteran of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the project leader for the Ingenuity helicopter. Aung tells us the story of how the project got off the ground -- from the grueling timelines to the intense engineering constraints -- and what it'll be like to see NASA's Wright Brothers moment. 
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