NASA Extends Mars Ingenuity Helicopter High Flight Mission to Red Planet

NASA Mars helicopter ingenuity will continue to fly for another 30 days (at least) as part of an expanded mission that will test the helicopter’s ability to be a “reconnaissance”, the agency announced today (April 30).

Ingenuity was originally planned to operate for 30 days on Mars, conducting a technology demonstration mission designed to test the feasibility of controlled flight on Mars. However, after the success of the first three flights, NASA decided to extend the flight of the helicopter by another 30 ev and move it into the “demonstration of operations” phase, which will test the additional capabilities of the device. (One sol, or Martian day, is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day.)

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