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NASA's forthcoming Perseverance rover will likely find signs of life on Mars — provided life-signs are there. Due to launch in late July from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, the rover is designed to drill through rocks in an ancient Martian lake bed to seek biosignatures, study oxygen in the atmosphere, and collect soil samples that may be sent back to Earth.

However, to accomplish its mission, the Perseverance rover is carrying a trump card: a small autonomous helicopter bolted to its undercarriage, according to NASA.

If everything goes well, the drone — called Ingenuity — will make the first powered flight on another planet.

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Category: Science