NASA successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

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NASA made history on Monday by successfully flying a small helicopter on Mars.

The American space agency said the drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute. But it calls for celebration as this is the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world.

“We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet,” said an excited MiMi Aung, project manager for Ingenuity at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

The flight took place at3:34 a.m. ET.

And NASA is promising more adventurous flights soon.

Ingenuity will be commanded to fly higher and further as engineers seek to test the limits of the technology.