“The altitude data confirms that Ingenuity carried out the first sortie of an engine-equipped vehicle on another planet,” said an engineer from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to applause and shouts of joy.
The helicopter itself sent a black and white image showing its shadow over the Red Planet.
“We can now say that humans have succeeded in making a motor vehicle fly over another planet,” said helicopter project leader Mimi Ong with great enthusiasm.
After the flight was scheduled for April 11, it was postponed due to a technical problem that arose during tests on its propellers.
The mission poses a huge challenge, because the density of the air on Mars is equivalent to 1% of that in the atmosphere of the planet.