Ingenuity Flies Again as Perseverance Rover Starts Looking for Life on Mars | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Ingenuity Flies Again as Perseverance Rover Starts Looking for Life on Mars

After weeks of Earthlings fawning over Venus and the Perseverance rover stepping out of its shell to begin its scientific mission, one can imagine the Mars helicopter Ingenuity felt a little miffed that the spotlight has moved on. But on Tuesday morning, NASA announced that the helicopter had completed its eighth flight, putting the helicopter back in the mix of space exploration conversation.

Ingenuity flew for 77.4 seconds, traveling about 525 feet to a new landing spot some 438 feet from the Perseverance rover, NASA announced in a tweet. (These days sols, like a dog on a leash, Ingenuity must keep up with Perseverance as the rover embarks on its primary mission, looking for signs of ancient life in Jezero Crater.) These numbers are comparable to previous flights: Flight eight was slightly longer in distance and duration than flight seven, but shy of the numbers achieved in flight six. That’s because those record-setting flights were part of Ingenuity’s initial scouting regime, when the helicopter wasn’t playing second fiddle to the rover.

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