First Video of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in Flight, Includes Takeoff and Landing (High-Res)

First Video of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in Flight, Includes Takeoff and Landing (High-Res)

In this video captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover, the agency’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021.

The rover was parked at “Van Zyl Overlook,” about 211 feet (64.3 meters) away in Mars’ Jezero Crater and chronicled the flight operations with its cameras.

These images from the rover’s Mastcam-Z cameras show the helicopter hovering above the Red Planet’s surface. During this first flight, the helicopter climbed to an altitude of 10 feet (3 meters), hovered, and then touched back down on the surface of Mars.

Ingenuity is a technology demonstration. The 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) rotorcraft will help determine whether future explorations on Mars could include an aerial perspective.

Perseverance touched down at “Octavia E. Butler Landing” with Ingenuity attached to its belly on Feb. 18, 2021. The helicopter was deployed to the surface on April 3.

For more information on Ingenuity, visit :

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

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49 Responses

  1. Faithful to the forest says:

    One little leap for a helicopter robot…one massive round of applause to all you guys on the Mars helicopter team for making this a reality!…this made my day a lot better ❤️🚀

    • David Gregory says:

      @André Ignoul _” humans already live for 10 thousands years on our globe, my friend.”_ We’ve been here for CONSIDERABLY longer than that.

    • Keith Craig says:

      @David Gregory
      You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.

      By the same token, you can give facts to a troll / nay sayer but you can’t make him/her believe them.

      There’s one thing they all have in common, they don’t give a rat’s patoot about facts, evidence or reality. Facts mean nothing if they don’t match their own narrative. You’re wasting your time. But, it’s you’re time. Waste it if you want to.

    • André Ignoul says:

      @David Gregory u are right, sorry

    • David Gregory says:

      @Keith Craig They believe what they want to believe. That’s why most conspiracy theorists are religious. If you’ve been raised to believe things such as a 900 year old man building a massive ship in the desert with only his sons to help him, when there’s not sufficient timber to undertake such an endeavour, then rescuing every land animal on earth; managing to feed them all and carry fresh water for months… then release them into a world that has been submerged beneath sea water for months on end (so obviously dead) and they all live happily ever after… Not to mention how land animals such as Kangaroos managed to get to the middle east… If you believe that, then believing anything else you want without any verifiable facts is easy. This is why bible literalists think the earth is only a few thousands years old… and some of them think it’s also flat.

      _” But, it’s you’re time. Waste it if you want to.”_ Indeed. I see it as a duty to fight ignorance wherever I see it. If you disagree, then one wonders why you are in this thread, and feel the need to waste YOUR time telling me that wasting MY time is pointless 🙂

  2. jaden ross 2 says:

    This is unbelievable! Congrats to every single person who put their heart and soul into this. I can’t stop watching!

    • Blue sky says:

      All fake, wake up!

    • Malik says:

      Right I’m so happy they put a helicopter in the desert it’s incredible

    • Blue sky says:

      Hahaha it is fake and people believe it is real. lol

    • jaden ross 2 says:

      @Blue sky Wow, your arguments have convinced us all. I now concede and accept the flat earth as the one true earth. That Lizard people run the government, and that pigs actually fly in the sky and we just don’t see it. Thanks for the knowledge brother.

      (1. This is a joke for those who couldn’t tell and 2 how about you take off your tinfoil hat and actually do some research before you proclaim yourself high and mighty in a youtube comment section. This will be my first and final reply here.)

      EDIT: I’m sorry if I was rude I just needed to get that off my chest. But please do think before you speak, don’t do what I just did. This was a happy moment for me regardless if it’s real or not. I once again apologize for my actions and I hope y’all have a nice night.

  3. Victor Nascimento says:

    0:08 “The home point has been updated please check it on the map”

    -App, DJI

  4. Marthinus Spangenberg says:

    I’m sure Japie would have been proud. Congratulations to everyone involved! It’s formidable to think how much skill and talent had to come together for this to happen. ✨🚀

  5. Günter Brauer says:

    I’ve seen the first step on the moon by Neal Armstrong and know the first flight of a little helicopter on Mars. These are great times to live in

    • Barry O'Mahony says:

      @Chris Money Which moon landing? There were six of them.

    • André Ignoul says:

      @Blue sky hahahaha u underestimate the capacity of the human brain and intelligence.

    • André Ignoul says:

      @maxflyman 54 same to me. I got up in the middle of the night to see Apollo 11 land on the moon. I collected beautiful stamps of space exploration and had books with maps of the moon on which i indicated the longitude and altitude of each Apollo landing.

    • 2Stroke Tyson says:

      @Barry O’Mahony when will we land helicopter drone on dark side of moon? Mars is like 190 million miles away moon is only 140k no?

  6. Lars Muldjord says:

    This is so surreal to look at. To think that this was recorded on another friggin’ planet. Great job guys!


    I’m glad this first test wasn’t a failure. That would have been a crushing disappointment for the team that designed Ingenuity. Good job, people!

    • zajecbezjajec says:

      Failure from NASA? Imposible 😂😂😂

    • Mike Crownshaw says:

      @zajecbezjajec everyone knows that NASA has had failed and with deadly results.

      This flight is one for the record books!

    • André Ignoul says:

      @Mike Crownshaw indeed, amazing achievement. Hopefully now Soros, Schwab, Bill Gates and all those vaccine idiots will soon leave mother earth and been dropped on Mars where they can rotten away with their mNRA gentherapies.

    • Michael Lubin says:

      “Failure? Well, let me put it this way. The bad news is, Ingenuity crashed. The good news is, it crashed into a Martian insect.”

  8. TimeBucks says:

    This is unbelievable

  9. TheJapanChannelDcom says:

    Everywhere you go, there is some clown with a drone. 😀

  10. Alex Costa says:

    What an insane achievement! Wow 👏

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