NASA shared two videos of the Ingenuity helicopter 13th flight captured by the Perseverance rover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Reconnects with Perseverance Rover After 63-Day Silence

Ingenuity is still up and running on Mars.


Ingenuity reconnects with Perseverance!

In a striking development, NASA’s Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, has successfully re-established communication with the Perseverance rover following 63 days of radio silence, marking the first contact between a controlled flight aircraft and another entity on a different world.

Ingenuity Reconnects with Perseverance

The mission experts anticipated this communication gap. After completing its 52nd flight on April 26, Ingenuity touched down in an area where a hill obstructed the communication line between the rover and the helicopter.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), responsible for managing the helicopter operations, reassured everyone through a tweet, stating, “The data so far indicates that the helicopter is in good condition and that Ingenuity could soon take to the skies again.”

Ingenuity, tucked away in the Perseverance rover’s undercarriage, made its interplanetary journey to Mars, successfully landing in the Jezero Crater in February 2021.


Outperforming Expectations: Ingenuity’s Prolonged Mission

Initially designed for a month-long mission, the lightweight 1.8-kilogram helicopter has greatly outperformed its set expectations, amassing over eleven kilometers of flight and capturing invaluable aerial snapshots of the Red Planet. The Martian helicopter will change the way we explore the red planet, and probably other places in the solar system. Missions such as Ingenuity and Perseverance are of great importance for the future colonization of Mars.

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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