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NASA Just Flew a Drone on Mars – Here is its First Photo

NASA's Ingenuity drone, which was transported to the Martian surface attached to the Perseverance Rover, has successfully taken flight and sent back its first photos while airborne. It is the first successful flight of a controlled, powered aircraft on another planet.

NASA is Gearing Up to Fly a Camera Drone Above Mars

NASA is targetting early April for the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, a drone that will mark the organization's first attempt at a powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet where it will hover over the surface and capture aerial images.

NASA’s InSight Lander Sends Its First Clear Photo From Mars

After a half-year journey covering over 30 million miles, NASA's InSight lander just touched down on the surface of Mars to begin its mission of studying the red planet's deep interior. InSight also captured and sent back this first clear photo from the ground, a 1-megapixel selfie.

How NASA’s Curiosity Rover Will Shoot Photos of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars this morning with much fanfare here on Earth. The photo above is one of the first photographs snapped by the rover and beamed back to Earth. Captured through a fisheye wide-angle lens, the landscape photo hows a gravel field in the foreground and the rim of the Gale Crater (the rover's new home) in the distance.

The image is blown out in the upper region due to the fact that the camera is pointed straight at the sun. Unlike our Earthling cameras, however, the one-megapixel Hazard-Avoidance cameras (Hazcams) on the rover are not damaged by the sun.