The NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its historic flight on Mars and safely landed back on the surface.
The drone, called Ingenuity, became the first aircraft to make powered, controlled flight in another world.
Confirmation came via satellite on Mars which relayed the chopper’s data back to Earth. Data and images of the solar-powered flight were received by NASA on Earth three hours later through its ground antennas.
Engineers were glued to the screens at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, where the mission was planned and designed in six years, and they burst into cheers as soon as they saw the images.
According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ingenuity is intended to demonstrate technologies needed for flying in the Martian atmosphere. These technologies could enable other advanced robotic flying vehicles that might be part of future robotic and human missions to Mars.