NASA Ingenuity makes historic first helicopter flight on Mars

The small chopper has become the first powered and controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet, offering new data and photos of the Red Planet.
2:03 | 04/19/21

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We're going to turn now to nasa, making history overnight with the first controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. The aircraft sending back powerful images of the red planet and gio Benitez joins us with more on this amazing event. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, Michael, good what better place to be than the museum of natural history because nasa has just made history calling in their Wright brothers moment on Mars. Overnight celebrations at nasa after that historic flight. Performed its first flight of a powered aircraft. Reporter: Ingenuity capturing these images from the red planet. Pictures like we've never seen before. Confirming that we have helicopter data and telemetry and events. Reporter: Brought to Mars by the Mars rover perseverance, the little helicopter that could now sets the stage for a new way to explore other planets and we got a firsthand look. This is one of the earlier test builds of one of the blades. Wow. Oh, my gosh, this is like paper. Exactly. But it is strong enough for you to spin it through this very thin atmosphere at 2,400 revolutions per minute. Reporter: Mimi is the project manager for ingenuity. Everything that has to lift has to weigh less than four pounds. Reporter: It had to fly on its own with almost no atmosphere after surviving dangerously cold nights, 130 below zero. Now the science begins. Research that could change the way we look at the universe and ourselves. And nasa now knows for sure it can control a powered flight on another planet. Guys, the kind of research you can do with this is unlike anything that we've seen before. Really is something. Amazing they can get the images here from there that clearly that we still lose cell phone signal. Following a lot of other

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