CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter’s flight on Mars was successful, making it the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
“Ingenuity has performed its first flight -- the first flight of a powered aircraft on another planet,” NASA tweeted.
NASA pushed the flight back because of a timer issue that prevented the helicopter from transitioning into flight mode and performing a high-speed spin test.
The Ingenuity helicopter launched from Florida Space Coast last year as a part of the Mars 2020 mission.
Ingenuity caught a ride to the red planet along with NASA’s Perseverance rover.
The rover is standing by as its tiny counterpart took to the Marian skies.
Monday’s flight was the first controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet.
The flight was set for 3:30 a.m., with data from Mars arriving back to Earth a few hours later.
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