Artist’s concept of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flying through the Red Planet’s skies. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter has chalked up a new flight, #67.

The rotorcraft flew on December 2, zipping across its Jezero Crater exploration zone for 135.9 seconds.

It flew a horizontal distance of 393 meters (roughly 1,289 feet) and reached a maximum altitude of 12 meters (roughly 39 feet).

Chalking up mileage

Overall, since the vehicles first flight back in April 19, 2021, the aerial explorer has collectively attained roughly 121.1 minutes of flight time; Flown some 10 miles (roughly 15,303 kilometers); and shot up to 24 meters (roughly 79 feet) above the surface of the Red Planet.

Image here was taken by Ingenuity’s Navigation Camera mounted in the helicopter’s fuselage and pointed directly downward to track the ground during flight. This image was acquired on Dec. 2, 2023, the date of Ingenuity’s 67th flight, as posted by the NASA/JPL-Caltech Ingenuity Flight Log.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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