Oct 3, 2022

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter flew with a ‘foreign’ piece of debris attached to its foot

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The helicopter has been scouting the red planet for over a year.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter went from being a proof of concept for off-world flight to becoming a fully-fledged aerial scout for NASA’s Perseverance mission.

The helicopter wasn’t alone, as per a blog post from NASA. Images from the chopper show a flowing debris object, resembling a piece of a plastic bag, for part of its journey.


The helicopter was initially only expected to fly about five times — proving humans could perform a controlled flight in Mars’ thin atmosphere — but it took off for the 33rd time on September 24 for a short repositioning flight.

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