Video: NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Successfully Takes Flight on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter made history early Monday morning when it took flight on Mars and became the first autonomous aircraft to operate on another world. According to a press release from the space agency, the four-pound device lifted off the surface of the Red Planet and rose to an altitude of 10 feet, hovered in place for 30 seconds, and then safely landed back on the ground. Due to the vast distance between the Earth and Mars, it took around three hours for engineers at the space agency to receive the data which confirmed that the helicopter had pulled off the feat, which lasted approximately 40 seconds.

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