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Nasa makes first controlled flight on another planet

Nasa’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity has completed the first ever controlled and powered flight on another planet.

Data sent from the Martian surface by the helicopter showed that it had flown up into the air, hovered for 30 seconds, before touching down again safely.

It makes history as the first time a rotorcraft has flown on another planet, and the first time a spacecraft has conducted a controlled flight of any kind.

But it also marks the beginning of a “month of Ingenuity”, in which the space agency will look to fly further and for longer across the surface.

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