Mars Ingenuity helicopter completes flight

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Washington – NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has successfully completed its ninth and “most challenging” flight since it first took off on the Red Planet, US space agency NASA has said adding “#MarsHelicopter pushes its Red Planet limits. The rotorcraft completed its 9th and most challenging flight yet, flying for 166.4 seconds at a speed of 5 m/s. On Flight 9 we are taking things to a new level with a high-speed flight across unfriendly terrain, which will take us far away from the Perseverance rover.” In February, Perseverance rover landed at Mars’ Jezero Crater, which harboured a big lake and a river delta in the ancient past. In early April, the little chopper deployed onto the red dirt, kicking off a month-long, five-flight campaign designed to show that aerial exploration is feasible on the Red Planet, Space.com reported. Ingenuity Chief Pilot Havard F. Grip, and Perseverance Deputy Project Scientist Ken Williford said in a blog post said: “We told it that those features are all located on flat ground. That freed the algorithm from trying to work out variations in terrain height, and enabled it to concentrate on interpreting the movement of the features by the helicopter’s movements alone,” and images snapped by Ingenuity include “rock outcrops that show contacts between the major geologic units on Jezero Crater’s floor.”