The Martian Ingenuity helicopter flew 32nd

The Martian Ingenuity helicopter flew 32nd

Last Sunday, 18 September, the Martian helicopter Ingenuity made its next flight; it became the second in the month — the previous time the vehicle had gone up into the atmosphere of Mars on 6 September — as well as the 32nd since the beginning of its mission.

During its 32nd flight, which lasted 55 seconds, Ingenuity crossed 94 metres and went to a speed of 17.1 km/h, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team, which was responsible for the Martian helicopter, reported that during the previous flight on 6 September, the machine had come closer to a delta of the ancient river in the Ezero crater, the main subject of study for Ingenuity and working with it in a pair of Perseverance rovers.

Perseverance has been studying delta for several months now: since July, four samples have already been taken by a janitor, two of which belong to a rock rock that has the highest concentration of organic molecules. For a detailed study, samples are planned to be delivered to Earth by 2033, possibly jointly by the United States of America NASA and European ESA. In the delivery mission, two helicopters are already expected to deliver testers from one or more locations in the Ezero crater to the missile, which is then launched from the Red Planet, all new machines are still in development.

Initially, only five demonstration flights were to be carried out by Ingenuity, proving that it was even possible in a thin Martian atmosphere.