The Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed its 10th flight to Mars on Saturday, totaling 1 mile (about 1.60 kilometers) of travel over the Red Planet
NASA confirms that its helicopter flew over an area called “Lifted Ridges,” which is part of the fissure system at the bottom of Yesero Crater. The Perseverance mission team finds the area intriguing and is considering future visits. Fissure systems often serve as pathways for fluids to flow underground. If water did flow through the Lifted Ridges, it would be the perfect place to look for evidence of ancient Martian life, which is the primary goal of the mission.
On Friday, Ingenuity operations manager Teddy Tzanetos described the helicopter’s planned flight path in an updated status. Tzanetos said Flight 10 was Ingenuity’s most challenging mission to date in terms of navigation. The flight included 10 different waypoints and a nominal altitude of 12 meters, a new climb record. The flight lasted approximately 165 seconds, he said.