Monday briefing: Nasa is sending a helicopter drone to Mars

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Nasa has revealed that it will be sending its autonomous Mars Helicopter drone to the red planet as part of the Mars 2020 rover mission (The Verge). A concept and demonstration video shows the aircraft taking off and landing, as well as giving an idea of the kind of imagery Nasa hopes it’ll capture on Mars. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, says: “We already have great views of Mars from the surface as well as from orbit. With the added dimension of a bird’s-eye view from a ‘marscopter,’ we can only imagine what future missions will achieve.”