The little Mars Helicopter That Could . . .

Ingenuity has made nine flights on Mars! Flight 9, which occurred in July 2021, was unlike the flights that came before it. It broke our records for flight duration and cruise speed, and it nearly quadrupled the distance flown between two airfields! But the Mars Perseverance team didn’t do it alone.

A team of helicopter experts from our Ames Research Center in California assisted the Ingenuity team in making sure the technology demonstrator had the best chance for success in flying in the super thin atmosphere of the Red Planet.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

Ingenuity helicopter on Mars

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