The Washington Post reports:
NASA successfully flew its four-pound helicopter from the surface of Mars early Monday, the first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet, a feat NASA officials compared to the Wright brothers first flight in 1903.
At about 3:30 a.m., the twin, carbon-fiber rotor blades began spinning furiously, and the chopper, called Ingenuity, lifted off the surface of the Red Planet, reaching an altitude of about 10-feet, where it hovered, turned and landed softly in an autonomous flight that lasted just 30 seconds//, the space agency said.
Inside the flight operations center at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, engineers broke into applause when confirmation of the flight arrived in a data burst that took about three hours to travel the 178 million miles from Mars to Earth.
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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter takes flight on Mars, the first time an aircraft has flown on another planet https://t.co/iCLNZA8XSt
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Perseverance got us to Mars. With Ingenuity, we soar higher.
The #MarsHelicopter made history today by being the first craft to achieve controlled, powered flight on a planet beyond Earth.
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