Having climbed a record 12 meters from the surface of Mars, the helicopter flew about 50 meters in the southwest direction to the rocky formations called Raised Ridges. This rocky formation attracted scientists because they believe there could once have been water. In total, the helicopter has covered 1.6 km of Martian airspace since April this year.
NASA calls this helicopter flight the most difficult: in addition to the duration and altitude of the flight, Ingenuity also had to take photographs to plot the further route of the Perseverance rover.
The agency planned that the helicopter would make only five test flights. The engineers expected the craft to crash during the fourth or fifth test, but this did not happen.
The Perseverance rover with the Ingenuity helicopter successfully landed on the surface of the Red Planet on February 18. The spacecraft will explore the planet's landscape, assess its natural resources, and risks for the following missions. This program is designed for two years, although scientists hope it will be extended.