According to agency
NASA’s Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, has set new records for its longest and fastest flight to date
During its 25th flight, which lasted
161.3 seconds, the rotorcraft covered a distance of 2,310 feet at a speed of 12 MPH after climbing to an altitude of 33 feet
Ingenuity, recognized as
the first powered aircraft to operate from the surface of another planet
flew for the first time
in April 2021 and is currently preparing for its 29th flight.
NASA announced in March that
it was extending Ingenuity flight operations through September to support the Perseverance rover’s exploration of Mars’ Jezero Crater.
The Ingenuity team was
awarded the 2021 Robert J. Collier trophy by the National Aeronautic Association last month.