NASA flies helicopter on Mars, the first time an aircraft has flown on another planet

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 20th, 2021 3:05 pm


Last Updated Apr 21st, 2021 at 11:40 am

NASA successfully flew a small helicopter on Mars early on Monday, making it the first aircraft to be flown on another planet.

The helicopter, named Ingenuity, lifted roughly 10 feet off the surface of Mars for an autonomous flight of around 30 seconds, NASA said.

"We can now say we've flown a rotorcraft on another planet," MiMi Aung, NASA's Ingenuity program manager, told the occupants of the flight control room. "We together flew on Mars. We together have our Wright brothers moment."

Ingenuity's flight was part of a NASA's latest Mars mission, the Perseverance rover.


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