On June 9, the US Ingenuity helicopter made its seventh successful flight into the atmosphere of Mars. This was reported by NASA’s Jet Energy Laboratory.
Laboratory specialists explained that the flight took 62.8 seconds. The helicopter traveled 106 meters to the south and landed in a new place. The helicopter’s camera took some black and white photographs.
It is noteworthy that NASA announced at the end of last May that the sixth flight of the helicopter in the atmosphere of Mars was accompanied by technical defects. But Ingenuity generally carried out the tasks assigned to it.
It is worth noting that the Martian helicopter, estimated to cost $80 million, reached the Jezero crater on the surface of Mars on February 18 with the Perseverance rover.
NASA is counting on using the helicopter in areas that the rover cannot reach. The helicopter is also expected to be used for 3D mapping of the surface of Mars.
The purpose of the Perseverance mission is to try to discover traces of life on Mars in the distant past.
It is worth noting that the Martian helicopter, weighing 1.8 kilograms, made its first flight in the atmosphere of Mars on April 19, when its flight took about 39 seconds. It traveled 129 meters by air.