It is half the length of a football field.
April 26, 2021
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This story originally appeared on Engadget
From NASA Skillful helicopter just completed a much more ambitious third flight. As Space The plane from Mars ventured about 164 feet north of its operating base (more than half the length of a football field) at a speed of about 7.2 km / h, the website reported. It may not sound like much, but Ingenuity only moved 3.9 meters at 1.7 km / h on the second flight; This is far enough away to make you almost squint to see the Dexterity in the photo above.
There were only two potential flights left before NASA halted its efforts in early May and turned to focus on its primary mission. Durable locator . However, expect these to be interesting. Project director Mimi Aung said the last two trips should be “really risky” and the plane’s limited testing.
The successes so far are likely to have a significant impact on future Mars exploration. The ingenuity is proof that the plane can fly over the planet despite its very low atmospheric density, and it is now highly likely that subsequent missions will use drones for research. Saving Mars from simple perspectives is not there before.
The third flight in history books
Ours #MarsHelereo Continue to set records, fly faster and farther. Space helicopters are demonstrating key capabilities that could allow the addition of a dimension of space to future missions to Mars and beyond. https://t.co/TNCdXWcKWE pic.twitter.com/Uaxrr23Rfh
– NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) April 25, 2021