After numerous flight delays, the helicopter lifted off the surface of Mars and successfully landed back down on the surface, becoming the first powered flight on another planet in human history.
You wouldn’t believe what I just saw. More images and video to come... #MarsHelicopter https://t.co/PLapgbHeZU https://t.co/mbiOGx4tJZ— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover)1618831278.0
Ingenuity lifted off the martian surface at 3:34 a.m. EDT and rose to an altitude of 10 ft., where it was able to maintain a stable hover for 30 seconds before safely descending and landing.
With the success of this flight, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) now plans to attempt more flights of higher altitude and greater distance in the future.
The organization will be holding a press conference to present the data from the first flight later this afternoon at 2 p.m. EDT, and it can be watched live on NASA's official Youtube page.