NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has ended its 72nd flight with an uncontrolled emergency landing. After losing contact with the Perseverance rover, the helicopter fell from a height of about 3 meters and splashed onto the surface of Mars.
But after reestablishing communication between Perseverance and Ingenuity, images were transmitted confirming the helicopter’s mission end after nearly 1,000 days of service.
The helicopter can’t take selfies like the Perseverance rover, which is far enough away from the helicopter to capture it. So the scientists of the mission team came up with a way to check what a helicopter that has hit the surface of Mars looks like.
This footage confirmed that his 72nd flight on January 18 was fateful. True, during one of the last ascents, “Ingenuity” managed to capture a wide stretch of sandy terrain from a height of about 12 meters.
According to NASA scientists, the helicopter far exceeded expectations. At the beginning of the mission, the helicopter was planned to operate for 30 days and make 5 flights, but it operated for almost 1000 days, made 72 flights, flew a total of 17 km and climbed to a height of 24 meters.
“The historic journey of Ingenuity, the first spacecraft to land on another planet, is complete. “That incredible helicopter has gone higher and farther than we could have imagined and helped NASA do what we do best – make the impossible possible,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.