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A day later than planned, the Ingenuity helicopter set two records at once on Mars

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The American Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA announced the successful fourth flight of the Ingenuity helicopter on the Red Planet.

Ingenuity photo taken by Perseverance on April 30, 2021.

According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), during its fourth flight, Ingenuity set two records at once – it flew faster and farther than in three flights before. He also took more aerial photographs of the surface of Mars.

A day later than planned, the Ingenuity helicopter set two records at once on Mars

Photo of the surface of Mars taken by Ingenuity during a flight on April 30, 2021.

Initially, the fourth Ingenuity flight was planned for April 29, 2021, but then it was postponed to April 30 – due to a malfunction, the helicopter could not take off on time.

As a result, on the evening of Friday, April 30, Ingenuity successfully lifted off the surface of Mars and made its fourth flight. At the same time, he covered a distance of 266 meters and reached a maximum speed of 13 km / h. In total, the flight lasted 117 seconds.

Recall that the helicopter was delivered to Mars attached to the bottom of the Perseverance rover, which landed in the Jezero crater on February 18, 2021. Ingenuity’s main objectives are to demonstrate technology and conduct the first flights to Mars. NASA is already working on the next generation of Martian helicopters.

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