Ingenuity Conducts Third Flight on Mars Written 26 April 2021


The second color image taken by NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, 22 April 2021, from an altitude of about 17 feet. | NASA/JPL-Caltech

The New York Times reports that on Sunday, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter flew on Mars for the third time, traveling further and faster than the previous two flights. The helicopter “perfectly executed its instructions from Earth.” The helicopter “lifted 16 feet off the ground, then flew a round-trip distance of 328 feet before landing back where it started.” The distance “was about 25 times as far as the second flight flew three days ago. The helicopter reached a top speed of 4.5 miles per hour, and the flight lasted about one minute and 20 seconds.”
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