First flight on other planet


The Perseverance rover photographed the Mars helicopter Ingenuity as it landed on the Martian surface after its historic first flight on April 19.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Ingenuity is the little Martian helicopter that could and did. 

On Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet.

“This really is a Wright Brothers moment. It’s the start of a whole new kind of planetary exploration,” acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said during a press conference. 

 “We don’t know exactly where Ingenuity will lead us, but today’s results indicate the sky – at least on Mars – may not be the limit.”

Because Mars has only 1% the atmosphere of Earth, flying there is very difficult. 

“A rotocraft pushes atmosphere to generate lift. When there is that little atmosphere, the roto system has to spin really fast. In fact it spins at over 2,500 revolutions per minute for the flight,” Ingenuity’s Project Manager Mimi Aung explained. 





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