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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter mission has been extended by NASA

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter mission has been extended by NASA

NASA has announced that it is extending the mission for the Ingenuity helicopter that has been operating on the surface of the Red Planet for days now. NASA has announced that it will keep the helicopter flying for an additional 30 days with the potential for more testing time via an extended mission. NASA says that the extended mission will test the helicopter's ability to scout, presumably meaning explore the planet for sites of interest for potential future exploration.

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NASA’s Mars helicopter and Perseverance rover are teaming up for a buddy mission

NASA’s Mars helicopter and Perseverance rover are teaming up for a buddy mission

NASA's Ingenuity may have seen some delays in its fourth flight, but with that safely under its belt the Mars helicopter's next big missions have been revealed. The fourth mission for the historic aircraft was its most ambitious yet, tapping its dual cameras to underscore how valuable an eye in the sky could be to future space missions. Still, even more adventures alongside the Perseverance rover are yet to come, NASA has confirmed.

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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s Fourth Flight will be more ambitious

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s Fourth Flight will be more ambitious

NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) is definitely having a field day testing its latest toy. Instead of the usual attention given to a rover, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter has been the focus of its experiments and with good reason. NASA's scientists and engineers have been quite impressed at how the autonomous aircraft has so far performed on its first time on the Red Planet. Tomorrow, they will take it for another test, one that will push the envelope of NASA's first-ever planetary aerial exploration vehicle.

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Smile, Perseverance: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter just took your photo

Smile, Perseverance: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter just took your photo

NASA's Perseverance has been acting as remote camera operator for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's three flights, but the tables were turned on the latest launch when the historic aircraft snapped a shot in return. Though Ingenuity isn't designed to carry any science experiments - proving the helicopter can fly on Mars is itself the big test - it does have a camera onboard.

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Mars Ingenuity helicopter third flight is its fastest, farthest

Mars Ingenuity helicopter third flight is its fastest, farthest

NASA's Perseverance Martian rover may have been a milestone achievement but it's the Ingenuity helicopter that's taking all of the spotlight in the news. Made from off-the-shelf parts and running Linux and open source programs, the helicopter's performance continues to impress NASA scientists. In its third test flight, the helicopter was able to break its own speed and distance record, a noteworthy achievement considering NASA never had the room to test Ingenuity that way.

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China dubs its first Martian rover Zhurong

China dubs its first Martian rover Zhurong

China has finally picked a name for the rover aboard its Tianwen-1 probe that arrived in orbit around the Red Planet on February 24. The rover is currently scheduled to be placed on the surface of Mars in May and is tasked with looking for evidence of ancient life. Chinese authorities have chosen a name for the rover, and that name is Zhurong.

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NASA is already planning its third Mars Ingenuity helicopter flight

NASA is already planning its third Mars Ingenuity helicopter flight

As anticipated, NASA recently conducted a second flight involving its Ingenuity helicopter that arrived on Mars with the Perseverance rover. The second flight was as successful as the first, and now the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is back with details about its third planned flight involving the tiny copter. This time around, Ingenuity will go on a 330ft trip.

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Watch NASA’s Mars helicopter fly again as Ingenuity spreads its wings

Watch NASA’s Mars helicopter fly again as Ingenuity spreads its wings

NASA has released video of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter's second flight, a more ambitious test as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory team experiments with just what's possible for powered aircraft on other planets. The test took place on April 22, adding several new elements to the flight-plan compared to the history first attempt made back on April 19.

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter flew again today : Here’s what happened

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter flew again today : Here’s what happened

The Mars helicopter has successfully completed its second flight, with Ingenuity cranking up the challenge as NASA expands its historic testing. This latest launch, which took place early in the morning on April 22, almost doubled the flight time compared to Monday's first attempt, with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory team taking advantage of that to throw in some extra maneuvers.

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NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully generates oxygen on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully generates oxygen on Mars

NASA has announced a big achievement involving its Perseverance rover, which landed on the Red Planet in February: it has successfully converted some of the Martian atmosphere to oxygen. This accomplishment, NASA explains, could pave the way for oxygen storage on Mars, as well as a more futuristic scenario involving generating oxygen for astronauts to breathe.

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This enhanced NASA Mars helicopter video solves the Ingenuity dust puzzle

This enhanced NASA Mars helicopter video solves the Ingenuity dust puzzle

NASA has released a new, enhanced video of the Mars Ingenuity helicopter making its historic first flight earlier this week, showing the dramatic takeoff as it kicked up Martian dust while making its way into the record books. The first flight test of Ingenuity took place on Monday, April 19, and saw the helicopter launch, hover for around 30 seconds, and then safely land again.

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NASA shares hi-res video of Ingenuity Mars Helicopter first flight

NASA shares hi-res video of Ingenuity Mars Helicopter first flight

A couple of days ago, we mentioned the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter had successfully completed its second spin test with no problems. NASA announced after that test was complete that the first flight would come shortly. NASA has shared the first video of the Ingenuity helicopter's first flight, including takeoff and landing.

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