NASA's Ingenuity helicopter completes seventh successful flight on Mars

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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on Mars (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on Mars (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

New Delhi : NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed its seventh successful flight on the Red planet, the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced.

On May 27, the earlier flight of the helicopter, it relocated its actual position on Mars for the first time. It climbed to a record altitude of 10 meters (33 feet), took images of the area in color and then landed.

"From a helicopter team member: 'No anomalies in flight 7, Ingenuity is healthy!' NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which manages Ingenuity's mission, wrote via Twitter on Tuesday evening

Ingenuity lifted off around 12:34 local mean solar time on Tuesday, which corresponds to 11:54 a.m. EDT (1554 GMT). As planned, the chopper then traveled 348 feet (106 meters) south from its previous location on the floor of Mars' Jezero Crater, staying aloft for nearly 63 seconds, JPL officials wrote in another tweet.

"Another successful flight ... #MarsHelicopter completed its 7th flight and second within its operations demo phase. It flew for 62.8 seconds and traveled Rs106 meters south to a new landing spot. Ingenuity also took this black-and-white navigation photo during flight," the JPL tweeted late on Tuesday.



Attached to the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover, Ingenuity arrived at Mars’ Jezero Crater on February 18.

Published : Thursday, June 10, 2021 05:09 [IST]
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