NASA’s Mars Helicopter Offers Epic Views of the Red Planet During Record-Breaking Flight

Of all the little space robots scattered across the cosmos right now, Ingenuity, NASA’s Martian Helicopter, is probably my favorite. It has far exceeded its original mission objectives and is now buzzing like an alien gnat through the red sands of Mars, enjoying the thrill of otherworldly flight.

On Saturday, NASA released the latest video of Ingenuityallowing you to experience these thrills for yourself.

On Ingenuity’s 25th flight on April 18, the small rotorcraft that could most certainly did. The autonomous flight covered a distance of 2,310 feet – more than seven football fields – at a pace of 12 miles per hour. It was a record, fastest and longest flight to date (although based on its performance on Mars, expect that record to be broken as well, no hex), and the everything was recorded with the camera facing down from the helicopter.

You can see the video below:

“For our record flight, Ingenuity’s downward-facing navigation camera gave us a mind-blowing idea of ​​what it would be like to glide 33 feet above the surface of Mars at 12 miles per hour,” said Teddy Tzanetos, who leads the Ingenuity team. from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

Ginny, as she is affectionately known, recently had a short period of silence after entering a low power state, but he’s almost ready to fly again. Its next flight will be on the 29th. Not bad for a helicopter that was only supposed to make five flights in 30 days. Maybe next time he’ll even find a secret door.

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