A photo from NASA’s Perseverance Rover shows an Ingenuity helicopter flying for the first time on Mars.

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Patience Rover captured Ingenuity’s first flight on Mars on April 19, 2021. NASA / JPL-Caltech

NASA’s ingenuity helicopter Made the history of space flight The first time it took off from the surface of Mars on Monday morning.

Carrying about 300 million miles of ingenuity to Mars, Perseverance Rover bar overlooked and photographed nearby to produce images like the one above.

It saw a four-pound space drone fly at a height of 10 feet, hovering there for 30 seconds, and safely descending into the red dust of Mars. Patience then sent the photo back to NASA.

The new image shows Ingenuity hovering and then landing in a stunning background.Ocher cliff 200 feet high Jezero Crater..

A team of Ingenuity engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California Applause and cheers arose when the image arrived.. In turn, they show the drone’s hover and landing, as you can see in the gif below from NASA’s Mission Control Live Stream.

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Images from the Perseverance Rover show the ingenuity of flying and landing on April 19, 2021. NASA / JPL-Caltech

A full video of the flight will probably be available within a week. Ingenuity also sent back his photo from the black-and-white navigation camera on his belly. Shows its shadow on the ground below..

NASA hasn’t received it yet, but the helicopter’s color camera should be recording video footage throughout the flight.

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When he first flew on Mars on April 19, 2021, ingenuity snapped a photo of this shadow to the ground below. NASA / JPL-Caltech

This was the first powered and controlled flight ever carried out on another planet. As NASA has demonstrated the technological achievements, future space helicopters will be able to explore canyons, caves and rocks that are too dangerous for Rover. Martian drones can even perform reconnaissance for future astronauts.

Prior to the flight, NASA’s Deputy Director of Science, Thomas Zurbuchen, told insiders that Ingenuity’s success proved that NASA could “add an aerial dimension to the discovery and exploration of Mars.”

“Of course, that aerial dimension opens up aspects of science and overall exploration. Frankly, it’s just our dream at this point,” he said.

Ingenuity has achieved its main goal of demonstrating rotorcraft technology on Mars, but its mission is not yet complete. Over the next 30 days, the space drone will attempt up to four more flights, each with a higher adventure. At the end of the mission, Perseverance Rover will continue its own epic journey. Looking for microbial alien fossils in the ancient delta of Jezero Crater..

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