NASA helicopter scripts history, takes first flight on Mars
A small robotic helicopter named Ingenuity on Monday scripted history when it lifted off the surface of Mars and hovered in the wispy air of the red planet.
It was the first machine from Earth ever to fly like an aeroplane or a helicopter in another world, The New York Times reported.
In NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, engineers cheered just before 7 am Eastern time as an image was transmitted back to Earth by the helicopter showing its shadow looming over the Martian surface during its flight, which occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Mars.
"The little rotorcraft that could.