Mars helicopter Ingenuity successfully completed its historic first flight
April 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The Ingenuity helicopter took its historic flight on Mars Monday. The first powered, controlled flight on another planet happened at 3:30 a.m. ET on April 19, according to NASA. The agency has confirmed that the flight was successful, and Ingenuity safely touched back down on the Martian surface.
(CNN)The Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its historic flight on Mars and safely landed back on the surface, according to NASA.
The helicopter team was in mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, early Monday morning to receive and analyze the first data from Ingenuity's flight attempt.
The helicopter team determined a command sequence tweak fix that will alter the timing when the helicopter's two flight controllers start up.
It received the flight instructions from JPL and sent those plans on to the helicopter.
Perseverance is parked at an overlook 215 feet (65 meters) away from the helicopter so it could safely watch the flight and capture images and videos.
That first black-and-white image from the helicopter's navigation camera is key because "that will help us localize where the helicopter landed," said Tim Canham, Ingenuity operations lead at JPL.
The team will use data sent back by the helicopter that week to plan its next flight.