NASA Mars Helicopter Makes Successful Flight

In this image from NASA, NASA's experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity hovers above the surface of Mars Monday, April 19, 2021. The little 4-pound helicopter rose from the dusty red surface into the thin Martian air Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. (NASA via AP)

History has been made as NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter carried out the first powered flight on another planet. The flight took place around 12:30 Eastern time but data didn’t reach Earth until three hours later.

An image showed the shadow of the helicopter on the surface of the red planet as it hovered in the then atmosphere. Video from the nearby Perseverance lander showed the helicopter hovering three meters above the surface.

The four-pound helicopter first arrived on the Martian surface February 18th with its parent, the Perseverance rover. It was hoping to do the flight last week, but ran into problems.

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