The robotic helicopter was programmed to rise vertically by 10 feet, then hover and spin at a point on the surface of Mars for half a minute before returning to all four legs.
Mexico City (apro)-NASA said that the Ingenuity micro-robot helicopter of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully took off and landed on Mars on Monday, achieving its first controlled powered flight on the surface of another planet.
According to information released by Reuters, the debut of solar equipment on the Red Planet marked “the Wright Brothers’ moment in the 21st century.” NASA said this success may pave the way for exploring new models on Mars and other targets in the solar system, such as Venus and Saturn’s moon Titan.
Engineering data from Mars confirms that the 6-pound helicopter has completed its first 40-second flight three hours ahead of schedule. The mission leader of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles It broke out in applause and cheers.
The robotic helicopter was programmed to rise vertically by 10 feet, then hover and spin at a point on the surface of Mars for half a minute before returning to all four legs. JPL officials said that data received from Mars indicates that this has already happened.
During the NASA report on the event broadcast live at JPL headquarters, the agency also showed the first photo of the flight.
When the helicopter is flying in the air, the black-and-white photo with the onboard camera pointing downwards shows the unique shadow cast by Ingenuity, which is the sunlight emitted by Mars on the ground below it.
A color video clip captured by another camera installed on the Perseverance Rover parked about 60 meters away showed that the helicopter was in flight against the surrounding orange landscape.
MiMi Aung, JPL’s Ingenuity project manager, said: “Now we can say that humans have flown a device on another planet.” (Information from Reeuters agent)