Mars helicopter zooms past its first mile marker during 10th flight

After 10 successful flights on Mars, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has now covered more than a mile in the Martian air.Ingenuity’s 10th flight on Saturday saw the four-pound drone scouting over an area of scientific interest called the Raised Ridges, covering a distance of about 310 feet in a little under three minutes. Along with hitting a record-setting altitude of 40 feet, the helicopter clocked its first mile on its 152nd sol (Mars day) after landing with Perseverance in February.
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The little helicopter was originally planned to perform just five test flights, a tech demo to see if it was actually possible to fly in the extremely challenging Martian environment. After those five successful flights, Ingenuity has been embarking on exceedingly challenging scouting missions, looking for interesting terrain that the Perseverance rover could potentially visit with all of its scientific instruments

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