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NASA's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Makes Historic First Flight


April 22, 2021


The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was built by JPL. JPL, which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations of the Perseverance rover.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has made a historic flight on Mars, marking the first powered aircraft on another planet.

"Ingenuity is the latest in a long and storied tradition of NASA projects achieving a space exploration goal once thought impossible," said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk after the historic flight on Monday. "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."

Ingenuity's initial flight demonstration was autonomous, piloted by onboard guidance, navigation, and control systems runnin...

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