On Monday, April 19, NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity became the first aircraft in history to conduct a controlled flight on another planet. To celebrate this achievement, Google has produced an exciting new animation on its homepage. If you search for “Ingenuity NASA” via Google, a small orange version of “Ingenuity” will appear on the screen. The rotor rotates, clicking the animation will start Ingenuity, allowing you to fly around the animated red surface on the screen, similar to Mars or a red planet.

NASA shared a video of Google Search Ingenuity animation and wrote on Twitter: “Do you like interesting things? Type “Ingenuity NASA” in @Google search to find “#MarsHelicopter surprise”. Twitter user (@ Jasper_0), then demonstrated the video on his phone and shared the screen recording.

Many others shared the excitement and joy of hovering the virtual helicopter on the screen.

Twitter user @damiaen wrote: “Click on the device and your page will enter Marsian life!”

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After NASA, Google also shared a picture of the feature and said: “The helicopter has a 10-foot vertical foot, which is a huge leap for space exploration. Congratulations @NASA #MarsHelicopter for the amazing first flight!”

After hovering safely and landing Ingenuity, NASA shared a video on Twitter and heard chief engineer MiMi Aung tell her team: “We can now say that humans have carried the rotorcraft on another planet!”

The video first shows the chopper, then stops it three meters above the surface of Mars, and then touches down again. NASA Deputy Director of Science Thomas Zurbuchen (Thomas Zurbuchen) said that 117 years after the Wright brothers successfully made the first flight on Earth, Ingenuity helicopters have successfully achieved this amazing in another world. Feat.

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He said: “Although these two iconic moments in aviation history may be separated by time and 173 million miles of space, they will now be connected forever.”

Zurbuchen added: “In order to pay tribute to the two innovative bicycle manufacturers in Dayton, the first airport in the other world is now called the Wright Brothers Field, in recognition of its wisdom and innovation for continuous exploration.”


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