NASA’s Mars helicopter travels faster on the third flight

NASA’s Mars helicopter travels faster on the third flight

NASA’s Mars helicopter travels faster on the third flight

NASA’s Mars helicopter travels faster on the third flight

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NASA’s ingenuity helicopter has just completed a much more ambitious third flight. According to Space.com,

NASA's Mars helicopter travels faster on the third flight

NASA’s Mars helicopter travels faster on the third flight

(just over half the length of a football field) at a speed of about 4.5 MPH. It may not seem like much, but the ingenuity traveled only 13 feet at 1.1 MPH during the second flight – it was so far that you almost had to squeeze in to see the ingenuity in the photo above.

Successes so far will have a significant impact on the future exploration of Mars.

The ingenuity is proof that aircraft can fly on the planet, despite its very low atmospheric density, and now there is a good chance that subsequent missions will use drones to search for Mars from perspectives that were simply not available before.

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