Mars helicopter Ingenuity flies low and slow on lucky flight 13

Ingenuity flew for the 13th time on Sept. 4, 2021 on Mars.  (Image credit: NASA)

Number 13 was good luck for NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity, as the tenacious little craft seamlessly completed its 13th flight on the Red Planet on Saturday (Sept. 4). 

Ingenuity, or “Ginny” as it’s nicknamed, landed on Mars Feb. 18 tucked inside  NASA’s Perseverance rover. The 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) chopper has  flown much longer and farther than mission team members originally expected, now with 13 flights under its belt when it was originally slated to make just a few short technology-demonstrating sorties. 

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