NASA releases video of longest flight ever made by Mars helicopter

(ORDO NEWS) — On April 18, 2022, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter made a record 25th flight. The navigation camera aboard the helicopter recorded the longest and fastest flight of an earth craft to date over the surface of the Red Planet. Ingenuity covered 704 meters with a top speed of 5.5 meters per second.

Flight footage lasting 161.3 seconds was sped up by about a factor of five. In the video, Ingenuity first climbs (10 meters).

Then it moves to the southwest and accelerates to a speed of 5.5 meters per second in less than three seconds.

Ingenuity flies over sand ripples and then past several rock fields. Finally, the helicopter finds a place to land when relatively flat terrain appears below.

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