NASA unlocks the 'blades of glory' on its Mars Ingenuity helicopter

Daily Mail - Science & tech 

NASA has unlocked the'blades of glory' on its Ingenuity helicopter ahead of the small rotorcraft's maiden flight on Mars this weekend. The space agency called the reveal of the chopper blades'mind-bottling' in reference to a quote from the Will Ferrell ice skating movie'Blades of Glory'. In a short clip shared on Twitter, the 4ft wide blades can be seen slowly unlocking on top of the tiny 19 inch tall helicopter, ahead of a'spin up' test in the coming days. Ingenuity is set to take its first flight on April 11, which will see the copter take off, hover in place and then return for landing. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the team leading the Perseverance mission, tweeted: 'The blades of glory, aka rotor blades of the #MarsHelicopter, have been unlocked and are ready for testing.' The blades of glory, aka rotor blades of the #MarsHelicopter, have been unlocked and are ready for testing.