New Imagery From Mars Helicopter’s Furthest Flight

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
May 28, 2022 Updated: May 28, 2022

Imagery has come down from Mars capturing a recent flight in which the rotorcraft flew farther and faster than ever before.

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s black-and-white navigation camera provided video of its 25th flight, which took place on April 18.

Covering a distance of 2,310 feet at a speed of 12 mph, it was the Red Planet rotorcraft’s longest and fastest flight to date.

The first frame of the video clip begins about one second into the flight. After reaching an altitude of 33 feet, the helicopter heads southwest, accelerating to its maximum speed in less than three seconds.

The rotorcraft first flies over a group of sand ripples then, about halfway through the video, several rock fields.

Finally, relatively flat and featureless terrain appears below, providing a good landing spot.

The video of the 161.3-second flight was speeded up approximately five times, reducing it to less than 35 seconds.

Mission controllers recently lost communication with Ingenuity after the helicopter entered a low-power state.

Now that the rotorcraft is back in contact and getting adequate energy from its solar array to charge its six lithium-ion batteries, the team is looking forward to its next flight on Mars.