Mars helicopter Ingenuity unlocks its rotor blades to prepare for its maiden flight on the Red Planet

The Mars helicopter Ingenuity has unlocked its two rotor blades as preparations continue for the vehicle’s maiden flight, which will take place no earlier than Sunday (April 11).

Ingenuity arrived on Mars on Feb. 18 along with NASAs Perseveranceafter making the long trek to the Red Planet, hidden in the robber’s belly. Starting April 4, the small helicopter has said goodbye to Perseverance and is preparing to take to the skies in a month-long test campaign. If Ingenuity’s Sunday sortie is successful, it will be the first powered, guided flee to another planet