Ingenuity is a small helicopter designed to fly on Mars. NASA originally planned to fly it five times over 30 days, but Ingenuity has performed so well, having completed more than 50 flights, that it will now continue exploring Mars, following the Perseverance rover for several months.
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Ingenuity has twice as much processing power as the Perseverance rover.
Ingenuity is a technology demonstration project to test powered, controlled flight on another planet for the first time. Ingenuity was brought to Mars along with the Perseverance rover and was released once the rover found a suitable landing spot. The helicopter's first flight on April 19, 2021, was a major milestone: Ingenuity took off, climbed to around 10 feet (3 meters), made a turn, and then landed. It has since completed multiple successful flights on Mars to explore farther distances and altitudes. The project now will move to a new phase that aims to explore how future rovers and aerial explorers can work together.