Mars Helicopter Marks 

New Flight Records

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.

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