CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's experimental Mars helicopter climbed from the dusty red surface to the narrow air Monday, attaining the first powered, controlled flight on a different world.
The victory has been hailed as a Wright Brothers second. The miniature 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) copter called Ingenuity, actually, carried a little wing cloth from the 1903 Wright Flyer, which made comparable background at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
"We are now able to state that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on a different world," job manager MiMi Aung declared to her group.
The $85 million helicopter presentation was considered high risk, nevertheless large reward.
"Every world becomes just one flight," job manager MiMi Aung mentioned earlier that month. Talking on a NASA webcast ancient Monday, she called it the"ultimate fantasy "
Aung and her staff had to wait for over three excruciating hours prior to studying if the flight had triumphed 178 million kilometers (287 million km ) away. Adding to their stress: A program error prevented the helicopter from lifting off a week before and had engineers attempting to think of a fix.