21st flight of NASA helicopter to Mars. The total number of flights of NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter to Mars has reached 21.
21st flight of NASA helicopter to Mars
On Friday, March 11, a NASA chopper weighing 1.8 kg took off for another flight, according to senior NASA officials.
21st flight of helicopter
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which oversees the engineering mission, said in a Twitter message that the #MarsHelicopter could not be stopped! Ingenuity flew 21st on the Red Planet.
21st flight of NASA helicopter
The tweet added that this small rotor craft covered a distance of 370 feet at a speed of 3.85 meters per second (8.61 miles per hour) and flew for 129.2 seconds.
Ingenuity landed on Mars’ Jezero crater in February 2021 with NASA’s Preservation Rover.
The pit contained a lake and river delta billions of years ago.
21st flight of helicopter to Mars
The solar-powered helicopter made the first five flights just to determine if the planet’s thin atmosphere could be used for aerial studies.
Ingenuity successfully completed those five flights and NASA soon expanded its mission.
flight of helicopter to Mars
Meanwhile, the rotorcraft is also expanding the airspace of Mars, serving as a guide for preseason, whose job is to locate traces of life on Mars and collect dozens of specimens and bring them back to Earth in the future.