NASA announced Friday that it would be increasing operational testing on its Ingenuity helicopter following four successful test flights off the surface of Mars.
Fresh off the first powered flight on another world, NASA's Mars 2020 mission has managed another key first that could pave the way for future astronauts.
The successful deployment of Ingenuity brings NASA one step closer to its first attempt at testing the possibility of powered, controlled flight on another planet.
Members of NASA's Perseverance rover team, in collaboration with the Navajo Nation, have been naming features of scientific interest with words in the Navajo language.
The NASA rover traversed some 21 feet of terrain this week, in its first test drive since landing on the red planet. It also captured photos of its touchdown site and the wheel tracks it left behind.
Six off-the-shelf cameras comprised the spacecraft's EDL Cam system (Entry, Descent and Landing). Together they provided a spectacular view of the Rover's arrival on the red planet.