NASA said Ingenuity climbed to roughly 10 feet (3 meters) above the surface and entered a stable hover for about 30 seconds. The flight lasted a total of 39.1 seconds. The Wright Brothers first flight in 1903 with Orville at the controls lasted just 12 seconds. “The 19.3-inch-tall (49-centimeter-tall) Ingenuity Mars Helicopter contains no science instruments inside its tissue-box-size fuselage. Instead, the 4-pound (1.8-kg) rotorcraft is intended to demonstrate whether future exploration of the Red Planet could include an aerial perspective,” said the agency in the release. The differences between Mars and Earth are vast. NASA said the Martian atmosphere is as thin as if the helicopter were departing from Earth at a density altitude of about 100,000 feet. Martian gravity is also just one-third that of Earth. Ingenuity arrived on Mars in February inside the Perseverance rover. In honor of the Wright Brothers, Ingenuity lifted off with a small piece of the original Wright Flyer attached to its belly.