NASA Mars Helicopter Flies 'Faster and Farther' on Third Flight

NASA said its Ingenuity helicopter completed a third flight on Mars on Sunday, April 25, flying faster and farther than in tests it went through on Earth.

NASA said the helicopter took off at 4:31 am EDT and rose 16 feet, the same altitude as its second flight, and then “zipped downrange 164 feet, just over half the length of a football field, reaching a top speed of 6.6 feet per second.”

The helicopter made history on April 19 as the first craft to achieve “controlled, powered flight on a planet beyond Earth," the agency said. Credit: NASA via Storyful

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