NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter goes silent after 72nd flight

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter, the primary plane to fly on one other planet, has misplaced contact with Earth throughout its newest flight.

The 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) chopper was on its 72nd flight on Mars on Thursday (January 18) when it stopped sending knowledge to the Perseverance rover, which acts as a relay station between Ingenuity and Earth.

In response to NASA officers, Ingenuity had efficiently reached its deliberate altitude of 40 ft (12 meters) however misplaced communication with Perseverance throughout its descent earlier than touchdown. The reason for the communication failure is unknown, and the Ingenuity crew is analyzing the accessible knowledge and searching for methods to reestablish contact with the helicopter.


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