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NASA has successfully re-established communication with its compact helicopter on Mars, alleviating concerns of a potential mission termination following an unexpected outage. Ingenuity, a drone standing at about 1.6 feet (0.5 meters), landed on Mars alongside the Perseverance rover in 2021, achieving the milestone of being the first autonomous motorized craft to fly on another planet.

 

 

 

Data from Ingenuity is transmitted to Earth through Perseverance, but during its 72nd lift-off on Mars, communication was abruptly lost during a test flight on Thursday. Late Saturday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) conveyed the positive news, stating that contact had been reestablished with the helicopter. This was achieved by instructing Perseverance to conduct extended listening sessions to capture Ingenuity’s signal.

 

“The team is currently analyzing the newly acquired data to gain insights into the unexpected communication dropout during Flight 72,” the agency reported.

 

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