NASA’s Mars Helicopter Takes Flight, 1st for Another Planet
It was a brief hop — just 39 seconds — but accomplished all the major milestones.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet. The triumph was hailed as a Wright Brothers moment. The mini 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) copter even carried a bit of wing fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer, which made similar history at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. “Altimeter data confirms that Ingenuity has…