NASA on Monday announced that its space helicopter Ingenuity had made history by becoming “the first craft to achieve controlled, powered flight on a planet beyond Earth.”

“Perseverance got us to Mars. With Ingenuity, we soar higher,” the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted. “The #MarsHelicopter made history today by being the first craft to achieve controlled, powered flight on a planet beyond Earth.”

The Ingenuity helicopter weighs 4 pounds on Earth and around 1.5 pounds on Mars due to the differences in gravity. It is powered by solar panel-charged Lithium-ion batteries that provide enough energy for one 90-second flight per day on Mars.

A glitch in Ingenuity's onboard computer during a rotor test had postponed its first flight, Space.com reports, but a software fix was transmitted to the aircraft that allowed for the historic flight.

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The flight was initiated automatically and due to time delays, NASA engineers had to wait about three hours after the flight had completed to know that it had been a success.

"We operate on what's called ‘Earth receive time,’ ” Robert Braun, JPL director for planetary science, said. "What we're watching on the livestream is the signal that's coming back in real-time from Mars. In reality, the helicopter will have flown autonomously several hours earlier."

As the first successful flight on Mars, Ingenuity also carried a piece of the first successful flight on Earth with it CNN notes, a small piece of muslin cloth from the bottom left wing of the original Wright plane.