NASA captures record-breaking video of helicopter flying on the surface of Mars

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has broken its previous record for the highest it has ever flown on the surface of the Red Planet, reaching 46 feet.

NASA captures record-breaking video of helicopter flying on the surface of Mars
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, which is currently deployed on the surface of Mars, has set a new maximum altitude record of 46 feet.

The Ingenuity helicopter was deployed to Mars as part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission, which seeks to explore the Red Planet and search for signs of past microbial life. The helicopter was designed to be a technology demonstration, with the goal of demonstrating the feasibility of powered flight on Mars, which has long since been achieved time and time again.

On May 22, 2021, the Ingenuity helicopter took off from the Martian surface and flew to a height of 16 feet, before hovering for 30 seconds. This marked the first time that a powered, controlled flight had been achieved on another planet, and now the helicopter is breaking its own records.

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Since then, the Ingenuity helicopter has continued to test its capabilities, setting new records with each flight. Throughout 2022, the helicopter commonly flew at an altitude of 33 feet, and on December 3, it flew to an altitude of 46 feet, breaking all previously set records. Notably, NASA the small helicopter moved approximately 50 feet from where it was originally positioned so it could remain within communication distance of NASA's Perseverance rover.

The success of the Ingenuity helicopter is a major achievement for NASA and a significant milestone in the exploration of Mars. The ability to achieve powered, controlled flight on another planet opens up new possibilities for future missions, including the ability to explore more difficult terrain and conduct aerial surveys of the Martian surface.

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The Ingenuity helicopter is undergoing several mission objects and flight tests, during which it will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible on Mars. The success of the Ingenuity helicopter is a testament to the ingenuity and determination of the NASA team, and a promising sign of what is to come in the future exploration of Mars.

In other NASA news, the space agency has posted a video taken by its Orion spacecraft passing just 687 miles above the surface of the Moon. Additionally, the space agency has showcased an image of a star cluster 160,000 light years from Earth, taken by the famous Hubble Space Telescope.

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