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Nasa has long been able to prove the feasibility and benefit of sending land rovers and machines to mars’ to study and experiment on Mars’ surface. Now Nasa wants to prove that they are able to send a self sustaining flying machine to fly over the surface of mars.

So why not send a helicopter to mars?

Started in August 2013, this project began development as a side technology project. The Helicopter had to be re-innovated to meet the requirements of flying in Mars’ atmosphere. To fly within Mars’ extremely thin atmosphere is no walk in the park. Mars’ atmosphere is extremely thin, so much so that compared to earth it is around 100 times thinner The altitude record for a helicopter flying on Earth is about 40,000 feet. When on the surface of mars or slightly above, the ‘altitude’ is already the equivalent of 100,000 feet up. Weighing in at a little under four pounds. The Helicopters fuselage will be about the size of a softball. Though unlike many of Nasa’s usual missions, if this Mars helicopter succeeds in flying around in the Red planet's atmosphere and proves the feasibility of doing so, it proves that it is possible to get around mars’ extremely thin atmosphere, and may open up further potential missions and commercial ventures incorporating flying around on mars Instead of just on the surface. In order to achieve flight, the helicopter must meet some an extremely strict criteria. The helicopter will incorporate all the built in capabilities for self sustaining operation on mars. It will be catching a ride with the main mars mission in 2020. The new 2020 Mars rover, which will study a myriad of things. The first flight should it work, will include the helicopter making a short vertical climb to 10 feet (3 meters) where it will hover there for about 30 seconds. Should this mission work, this helicopter will be the first to carry out the first aerial atmospheric helicopter flight off planet Earth, in human history!