NASA Mars helicopter Ingenuity sets altitude record on 35th flight
NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity completed its 35th flight over the weekend, setting a new altitude record of 46 feet in the thin Martian atmosphere.
The 4-pound chopper’s previous record was 39 feet, according to NASA’s Ingenuity flight log. The helicopter was deployed from NASA’s Perseverance rover that landed on the Martian surface in February 2021.
Saturday’s Ingenuity flight was its first since Nov. 22.
The goal of this flight was to reposition the helicopter to make sure it stays in touch with the Perseverance rover. The rover serves as a communication link between the chopper and NASA’s team on Earth.
According to NASA, the rover is searching for signs of ancient life on Mars in a 28-mile wide area of Jezero that is believed to have contained a lake and a river delta billions of years ago.
NASA said in a Perseverance mission fact sheet that the rover “is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life.”
According to NASA, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter was sent to the planet to perform flight tests to determine if powered, controlled flight on Mars was possible.
Having proven that controlled flight is possible on Mars, the helicopter is currently now being used in an operations phase to support the rover’s mission.
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Unknown debris dislodges from Ingenuity Mars helicopter’s foot during 33rd flight
Washington DC (UPI) Oct 03, 2022
NASA said Friday that it is looking into debris that was seen on the foot of the Ingenuity helicopter’s foot during its 33rd space flight on Mars.
“We’re looking into a bit of debris that ended up on Ingenuity’s foot during its latest aerial commute,” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab said in a statement on Twitter.
NASA shared a GIF video of the tiny helicopter’s flight Friday which shows the object coming dislodged from Ingenuity’s foot.”As shown in the GIF, it eventually came off and did not … read more