NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter makes history with first powered, controlled flight on another planet

The whole flight in the Jezero Crater flight zone was expected to last around 40 seconds, with Ingenuity lifting off and climbing at a rate of 3 feet per second, rotating, taking images with a 13-megapixel camera and hovering at 10 feet above the surface. 

“Ingenuity has performed its first flight — the first flight of a powered aircraft on another planet!” flight control was heard saying in an audio broadcast Monday morning by NASA.

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a close-up taken by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard the Perseverance rover.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a close-up taken by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard the Perseverance rover.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)

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