NASA efficiently flew the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars on Monday, in line with knowledge and pictures despatched again to Earth.
“Altimeter knowledge confirms that Ingenuity has carried out its first flight – the primary flight of a powered plane on one other planet,” introduced an engineer within the Jet Propulsion Laboratory because the management room cheered.
A brief clip despatched again by the Perseverance rover confirmed the 4 pound chopper grounded at first, hovering three meters above the Martian floor, then touching again down.
Ingenuity itself despatched again a nonetheless black-and-white picture from its downward pointing digicam, exhibiting its personal shadow solid on the floor.
“We are able to now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on one other planet!” mentioned lead engineer MiMi Aung to her group.
“We have been speaking so lengthy about our Wright brothers’ second on Mars, and right here it’s,” she added.
The primary powered flight on Earth was achieved by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
A chunk of cloth from that aircraft has been tucked inside Ingenuity in honour of that feat.
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