Former La. Cadet Worked on Mars Helicopter Design
A former Louisiana Wing cadet, Rebecca Oppenheim, and fellow engineers on her NASA design team nervously watched and waited for the signal that the Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, had completed its first flight on the Red Planet.
That signal came April 19 with news the solar-powered helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet at 3:34 a.m. EDT 12:33 Local Mean Solar Time (Mars time).
Ingenuity climbed to an altitude of 10 feet and maintained a stable hover for 30 seconds. The craft then touched back down on the surface of Mars after a total of 39.1 seconds in flight.