Yesterday, 117 years after the Wright Brothers first managed a controlled flight of a powered, heavier than air craft, NASA’s Mars 2020 project achieved the first powered flight on another planet.

Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter that hitched a ride to the red planet attached to the Perseverance Rover, took off and hovered at a height of about 10 feet, (approx 3 metres), before turning and landing safely.

There are more flights planned to continue the research that this initial flight has started.

The future looks exciting for travel in space.

Until next time, keep calm and apply some Science.

 

 

Read more:

https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/#Quick-Facts

https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/