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NASA's next Mars copter to have rotors tested in Japan

Tohoku University wind tunnel will simulate extraterrestrial conditions

In 2021, the Ingenuity became the first aircraft to make a powered, controlled flight on a planet beyond Earth.   © NASA/JPL-Caltech

TOKYO -- As the search for life beyond Earth heats up, Japan's Tohoku University is working with NASA to test whether the American space agency's next-generation Mars helicopter can take flight in the red planet's extremely thin atmosphere.

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