Ingenuity has flown

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took this shot while hovering over the Martian surface on April 19, 2021, during the first instance of powered, controlled flight on another planet. It used its navigation camera, which autonomously tracks the ground during flight.

The image shows the shadow cast by Ingenuity on the surface of Mars. You can also see tracks left by Perseverance at the top and bottom of the picture.

The altimeter chart shows data from the flight.

The video captured by the Perseverance rover, shows the flight. The rover was parked at “Van Zyl Overlook,” about 211 feet (64.3 meters) away in Mars’ Jezero Crater and recorded the flight with its cameras. The images from the rover’s Mastcam-Z cameras show Ingenuity hovering above the Red Planet’s surface. During the flight, Ingenuity climbed to an altitude of 10 feet (3 meters), hovered, and then touched back down on the surface of Mars.

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