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    NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Makes Aviation History Taking the First Powered, Controlled Flight on Another Planet


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    Ingenuity illustration, NASA

    When NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars two months ago, it did so with a helicopter attached to its belly. Now the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has made history as the first to take a powered, controlled flight on another planet.

    On April 19, the chopper rose three meters above the floor of a crater, stayed aloft in the Red Planet’s extremely thin red air for 39 seconds, then come down for a pinpoint landing at its take-off spot.

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    On Friday, Ingenuity ascended to five meters, then was pushed to new limits: flying south for 84 meters, passing over rocks and small craters—and taking photos the whole way.

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    (WATCH the NASA video of Ingenuity’s historic first flight below.)

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