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Mars helicopter shares first aerial color photo and preps for Sunday flight

April 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Ingenuity helicopter captured its first color image from 17 feet above the Martian surface during its second flight on April 22. And now, it's preparing for a third flight, scheduled for Sunday.

The Ingenuity helicopter captured its first color image from 17 feet (5. 2 meters) above the Martian surface during its second flight on April 22.

Ingenuity autonomously flew for almost 52 seconds during its second flight, climbing 16 feet (4. 9 meters) up through the Martian atmosphere.

For Sunday's flight, the helicopter will climb to the same altitude -- about 16 feet (5 meters) above the Martian surface -- but this time it will increase its speed.

During previous flights, Ingenuity was moving at about 1. 1 miles per hour (0. 5 meters per second).

"While that number may not seem like a lot, consider that we never moved laterally more than about two-pencil lengths when we flight-tested in the vacuum chamber here on Earth," wrote Håvard Grip, Ingenuity Mars helicopter chief pilot at JPL, in an update.

Check back here on Sunday for updates on the Mars Ingenuity helicopter's historic third flight.

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