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Watch NASA’s Mars helicopter take its fastest and longest flight


A year after completing the first powered and controlled flight on another world, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is still setting records on Mars.

The chopper recently hit a pair of new milestones: its farthest and fastest ever flights on the red planet.

The rotorcraft traveled 704 meters at a speed of 19 kmph on its landmark 25th flight.

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That might not win a Grand Prix on Earth, but it’s pretty impressive on Mars. The red planet’s atmosphere is less than 1% as dense as ours, and its temperature can plunge to minus 130 degrees.

NASA this week shared a black-and-white film of the trip, which took place on April 8.

“For our record-breaking flight, Ingenuity’s downward-looking navigation camera provided us with a breathtaking sense of what it would feel like gliding 33 feet above the surface of Mars at 12 miles per hour,” said Ingenuity’s team lead Teddy Tzanetos.

You can watch the feat by clicking on the video atop this article.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter can be seen here with all four of its legs deployed before dropping from the belly of the Perseverance rover on March 30, 2021, the 39th Martian day, or sol, of the mission