NASA Flies $80 Million Drone On Mars

NASA Flies $80 Million Drone On Mars

NASA landed the Perseverance rover on Mars this past February. The vehicle has a number of features not present on previous Mars rovers including an audio recording system and a detachable drone. That drone, called Ingenuity, made it’s first flight this morning. The remotely-piloted aircraft resembles a helicopter and NASA claims it has an $80 Million price tag.

Ingenuity’s first flight was simple. It ascended off the rover, hovered, sent some footage back to NASA, and then resumed it’s place atop Perseverance. The pic shown above was taken by Ingenuity during the flight. You can clearly see the planet’s surface and the drone’s shadow. Needless to say, this if the first time we’ve flown a drone on another planet.

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