Ingenuity Mars helicopter makes 2 short hops to prep for ‘solar conjunction’

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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter just completed its 65th and 66th Red Planet flights, two short hops that helped prepare the helicopter for the upcoming stretch during which it will be cut off from ground control.

Flight 65 took place on November 2. The 1.8-kilogram Ingenuity stayed in the air for 48 seconds that day, covering 7 meters of ground on Mars. Then on Nov. 3, the chopper was off again on an even shorter flight: It lasted 23 seconds and involved a horizontal movement of just 0.6 meters, according to the mission’s flight log.

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