NASA's Mars Helicopter Travels Farther and Faster on Its Third Flight

It ventured half the length of a football field.

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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter just completed a much more ambitious third flight. As Space.com reports, the Mars ventured about 164 feet north of its home base (slightly more than half the length of a field) at a speed of about 4.5MPH. That may not sound like much, but Ingenuity only traveled 13 feet at 1.1MPH during its second flight — this was far enough that you almost have to squint to see Ingenuity in the photo above.

Related: NASA's Mars Helicopter Took Flight for the First Time, Opening the Door for a New Generation of Space Drones

There are only two potential flights left before NASA winds down its efforts in early May and shifts focus to the Perserverance rover's main mission. Expect these to be exciting, though. Project manager Mimi Aung said the final two journeys should be "really adventurous" and test the limits of the flying machine.

The successes so far are already likely to have a significant impact on future Mars exploration. Ingenuity is proof that aircraft can fly on the planet despite its very low atmospheric density, and there's now a good chance that later missions will use drones to survey Mars from perspectives that simply weren't available before.

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