Ingenuity, the small helicopter
that accompanied NASA's Perseverance rover to Mars, was designed to make just a handful of flight tests
the approaching Mars
Since then, Ingenuity has far exceeded design expectations, with 28 flights under its belt.
Ingenuity took its
first flight in April 2021, during springtime in the Jezero area.
winter temperatures, which can drop
to around minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 80 degrees Celsius) at night, are impelling changes in Ingenuity's activities
Operators at NASA's JPL in Southern
California began putting Ingenuity to sleep every night as a way of protecting its systems from the harsh conditions.
Even so, extreme fluctuations
between day and night temperatures have caused stress on Ingenuity's components