NASA temporarily grounding Mars helicopter Ingenuity due to dust

NASA’s Mars helicopter is taking a break from its groundbreaking operations on the surface of the Red Planet.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, which manages Ingenuity’s mission, announced on Thursday (July 14) that Ingenuity, the first aircraft to make a powered flight on an extraterrestrial world will be pausing operations for the next several weeks. “The #MarsHelicopter is taking a break for the next few weeks. It’s winter and dust season on March, which means less sunlight to recharge Ingenuity’s batteries. But don’t worry, the team expects the rotorcraft to fly again in August,” JPL stated on Twitter (opens in new tab).

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