• NASA Flies Ingenuity on Mars

    The first ever aircraft to fly on another planet, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, took off from the Martian surface at 3:46 am Monday morning. The craft rose to about 10 feet, hovered for about 30 seconds then descended to a soft landing roughly 200 feet from the Perseverance rover which carried Ingenuity to the red planet in it’s undercarriage.

    While airborne, Ingenuity took a photo — a selfie of it’s shadow cast on the barren Martian surface. Although it didn’t carry any scientific payload, the four-pound copter did establish a proof-of-concept for controlled autonomous flight on distant worlds, a feat we are sure to see more of in the not-so-distant future.

    Photo: NASA, JPL, Cal-Tech

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 19, 2021

    Topics: Breaking News

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