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Watch NASA's Mars Helicopter Take a Record-breaking Flight

Watch NASA’s Mars Helicopter Take a Record-breaking Flight

from NASA ingenuity helicopter It’s still pushing the boundaries long after its first launch on Mars. as such cnet NotesThe space agency has Share Video of Ingenuity’s historic 25th flight on April 8, when it broke time and speed records. The robotic helicopter flew at 12 mph for just over two minutes and 41 seconds, providing images of the Red Planet’s rolling sands and rocky fields as part of the 2,310-foot flight. The footage you see below has been sped up to reduce your viewing time to 35 seconds.

The video doesn’t include the beginning and end of the journey, but for good reason. The navigation camera turns off when Ingenuity is within one meter of the surface of Mars to prevent dust from interfering with the navigation system. The independent pilot receives flight plans from JPL, but uses a combination of a camera, laser rangefinder, and inertial measurement unit to adapt to real-world conditions.

Creativity has flown three times since then. It is currently preparing for its 29th flight after a short warning in early May when the mission team lost contact after the helicopter went into a low-power state. It’s not easy to deter NASA, so – expect the plane to keep flying for a while.

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