According to a statement from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the helicopter was flying "farther and faster than ever before."
Ingenuity flew a few dozen meters south to take aerial photographs and try to find a new region to land before returning to the launch pad, dubbed the "Wright Brothers Aerodrome," the place from which Ingenuity took off for the first time on April 19.
"He took a lot of photos when he flew over the surface of Mars. We expect these images to be transmitted downwards the line of communication later in the line, but Hazcam (NASA's Perseverancerover camera) has captured part of the flight,"
commented on the successful flight in JPL.
Ingenuity conquers Mars
NASA has proven that a controlled flight above the surface of the Red Planet is a reality. Now Ingenuity will be engaged in aerial reconnaissance and aerial photography, which in the future will bring invaluable benefits to further exploration of Mars and other worlds.
"The ingenuity technology demonstration was a resounding success. Because Ingenuity is still in excellent condition, we plan to use it for future aerial experiments, prioritizing the scientific goals of the Perseverance rover,"
said Thomas Surbuchen, NASA's Assistant Administrator for Science.
During the next flight, Ingenuity will make a one-way trip, choosing a new place to land and stay temporarily.