More than a year and a half after its first flight on Mars, the Ingenuity helicopter has set a new record. The little 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) chopper completed its 35th flight on December 3 and reached a new altitude record of 46 feet. Ingenuity was initially designed as a technology demonstration that would only pursue five flights on Mars after hitching a ride to the red planet with the Perseverance rover, which has been exploring the Martian landscape since February 2021. Instead, the chopper has proven itself time and time again and become the rover's aerial scout, flying over areas deemed too dangerous for the rover and surveying potential future destinations. (CNN)
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