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Yes, you can fly a helicopter on Mars

InSight is safely on its way to Mars, and NASA didn't waste much time to break the next big piece of
Yes, you can fly a helicopter on Mars
By Joost Schuur • Issue #13 • View online
InSight is safely on its way to Mars, and NASA didn’t waste much time to break the next big piece of Mars exploration news: the Mars 2020 rover will be joined by a small helicopter! Just like the MarCo CubeSats on the InSight mission, this is an technology demonstrator that’s not crucial for the rover mission’s success, but I think we can all agree that it’s just very cool.
How can it fly on Mars? It’s tiny, and its twin counter-rotating blades spin 10 times faster than a helicopter’s here on Earth (where gravity is almost three times as much).
Explore Mars Inc. held its big Humans to Mars Summit again last week, which also saw the newly minted NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in attendance (seen chatting with Buzz Aldrin). The entire 3 day event can still be caught online, if you couldn’t go.
And if you’re done watching all that, why now check out these 5 Mars themed Ted Talks?
Remember when Elon Musk asked why there’s no Flat Mars Society? Not only did that spawn a bunch of (short lived) parody accounts, but also a t-shirt with a nifty logo. 
PS: I had a peak at my Twitter lists over @martiansoil again recently, and it looks like this one on space scientists is the most popular one. 327 members and counting, so I hope you like tweets!

Valles Marineris canyon system, taken by Viking Orbiter 1 in 1979
Valles Marineris canyon system, taken by Viking Orbiter 1 in 1979
Exploration
Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover Mission
NASA's First Deep-Space CubeSats Say: 'Polo!'
Probing Mars: all the news, videos and updates for NASA’s Insight mission
How the US Military Could Colonize Mars
How the US Military Could Colonize Mars
Refreshing the Viking Orbiter views of Mars
Beautiful Mars
The Tracks of Time
The Tracks of Time
Science & Tech
Strained Mars data relay possible in 2020's
Where to Search for Fossils on Mars
Space Policy
Why Mars is not a priority for space exploration
Mars Anlog
Stunning Pictures Show 'Mars' Here on Earth
Popular Culture
Space agency management game Mars Horizon announced
Misc
Curiosity Rover Frantically Driving Around Mars To Make It Look Like It’s Been Busy Before New Spacecraft Arrives
Budweiser | This Bud's For The Journey, This Bud's For Mars
Budweiser | This Bud's For The Journey, This Bud's For Mars
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