NASA's miniature robot helicopter performed a successful take-off and landing on Mars, achieving the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft over the surface of another planet.
The six-wheeled, car-sized astrobiology probe put a total of 6.5 metres on its odometer during a half-hour test spin on Mars.
Chinese Tianwen-1 follows NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed last Thursday near an ancient river delta in Jezero Crater to search for signs of ancient microscopic life.
The footage was captured by several cameras that are part of the Perseverance rover's entry, descent, and landing suite.
NASA scientists present striking early images from the picture-perfect landing of the Mars rover Perseverance, including a selfie of the six-wheeled vehicle.
The autonomously-guided procedure was completed more than 11 minutes earlier, which is how long it takes for radio signals to return to Earth.
Perseverance, the fifth and by far most sophisticated rover vehicle NASA has sent to Mars since Sojourner in 1997, also incorporates several pioneering features not directly related to astrobiology.
The latest rover Perseverance has blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in the world’s third and final Mars launch of the summer.
China previously made a Mars bid in 2011 with Russia, but the Russian spacecraft carrying the probe failed to exit the Earth's orbit and disintegrated over the Pacific Ocean.
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