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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter sets new flight records on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter sets new flight records on Mars

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NASA’s space helicopter has set two new flight records on Mars.

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During what the mission team described as Ingenuity’s “most ambitious flight” among its 25 trips to date, the 4-pound, 19-inch-high helicopter flew a distance of 2,324.2 feet

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It also edged to its fastest flight speed yet, hitting 12.3 mph (0.5 m/s) and beating its previous record by 1.3 mph (0.6 m/s).

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Ingenuity’s record-breaking flight took place on Friday, April 8, though the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is overseeing the mission,

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Ingenuity entered the history books in April 2021 when it became the first aircraft to achieve powered, controlled flight on another planet.

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The 25th helicopter flight takes Ingenuity closer to its next destination: A delta inside the Jezero Crater that could contain evidence of ancient microbial life

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