Ingenuity’s 69th Flight is its Farthest So Far

Ingenuity captured this image of Mars on December 2nd 2023 (Sol 990) with its high-resolution colour camera. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

When NASA decided to send the little Ingenuity rotorcraft to Mars on the belly of the Perseverance rover, they weren’t certain of success. Nothing like it had ever been attempted in Mars’ extremely thin atmosphere. Mission planners hoped and planned for a total of five flights, enough for a technology demonstration.

But now, as almost everyone knows, Ingenuity has wildly exceeded NASA’s initial expectations.

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