Ingenuity, NASA’s Mars helicopter, has finished the first one-way flight to a new landing spot.
It was Ingenuity’s fifth mission to Mars.
The flight from Wright Brothers Field to an airfield 423 feet to the south took off at 3:26 p.m. EDT Friday and lasted 108 seconds, according to NASA.
“We bid adieu to our first Martian home, Wright Brothers Field, with grateful thanks for the support it provided to the historic first flights of a planetary rotorcraft,” Ingenuity chief engineer Bob Balaram said in a statement.
The flight marked the beginning of the rotorcraft’s latest operations demonstration process, which will explore what functionality a rotorcraft operating from Mars would have.
Before touching down at the new airfield, Ingenuity rose to an altitude of 33 feet to snap high-resolution colour photographs.
“We may get a couple more flights in over the next few weeks, and then the agency will evaluate how we’re doing,” Balaram said. “We have already been able to gather all the flight performance data that we originally came here to collect. Now, this new operations demo gives us an opportunity to further expand our knowledge of flying machines on other planets.”