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INGENUITY UNDERTOOK ITS 8TH FLIGHT

INGENUITY UNDERTOOK ITS 8TH FLIGHT

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NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter called Ingenuity undertook its 8th flight on June 21, 2021, on Mars, the Red Planet.

Highlights of the Flight:

  • During the flight, Ingenuity remained up in the air for 77.4 seconds.
  • It flew 525 feet and landed about 440 feet away from the Perseverance rover.
  • Ingenuity was originally designed to fly only 5 times. But its steady successes made the agency extend its mission and experiment with more ambitious flights.

About Ingenuity:

  • It is a small robotic helicopter that is operating on Mars under NASA’s Mars 2020 mission.
  • On April 19, 2021, it completed the 1st powered controlled flight by an aircraft on a planet besides Earth.
  •  As of 22nd June, it has successfully completed 8 flights.
  • It was built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA.
  • It travelled to Mars attached to the underside of the Perseverance rover.

Perseverance rover:

  • It is a car-sized Mars rover, to explore Jezero crater on Mars under NASA’s Mars 2020 mission.
  • It was built by Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • On July 30, 2020, Rover was launched and landed on Mars on February 18, 2021.
  • The rover has been active on Mars for 122 sols or 125 Earth days since its landing, as of June 2021.

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