Setting a new altitude record in the process. During the flight, the helicopter traveled over a thousand feet in about two and a half minutes, reaching a height of 59 feet before approaching Mars' half-mile wide "Belva Crater". The little chopper took off on a journey that carried it 322.2 m (1,057.1 ft) over two minutes and 25 seconds. Ingenuity has exceeded its expected cumulative flight time by 1,250%. The helicopter has been working to learn about conditions on the red planet and has now flown 50 times on the Red planet.

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

Belva Crater

Belva Crater is a large crater on Mars with a diameter of approximately 800 meters and a depth of about 80 meters from the lowest point to the highest crater rim. NASA's Perseverance rover has been exploring the Jezero Crater, which is located near Belva Crater. Students can use NASA's Interactive Perseverance Location Map to obtain measurements of Belva Crater and calculate its diameter in both metric and English standard units. The helicopter team plans to perform another flight with a change of location before exploring the Fall River Pass area in the Jezero Crater. The Jezero Crater is of particular interest to scientists because it contains evidence of carbonates, clays, and other minerals that likely require liquid water.

Jezero Crater

Jezero Crater is a crater on Mars that is about 45.0 km (28.0 mi) in diameter and lies exactly on the border between the ancient highland region of Terra Sabaea and the Isidis Planitia plain. Scientists believe that the area was once flooded with water and was home to an ancient river delta. The process of landing site selection for NASA's Perseverance rover involved a combination of mission team members and scientists from around the world, who carefully examined more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet. 

The first scientific analysis of images taken by the rover has confirmed that Jezero Crater is an ancient, wind-eroded depression. The crater contains a fan-delta deposit rich in clays, and the lake in the crater was present.

Interactive Perseverance Location

NASA provides an interactive map called "Where is Perseverance?" that shows the location of the Mars Perseverance rover on a daily basis. The tool shows the path taken by the rover and marks its current position in white1. The interactive map also provides additional information such as topography, contour lines, and panoramic views of the vistas of Mars. The map is available for mobile users and is a great way to track the rover's location and explore the Jezero Crater on Mars. 

Students can use this interactive map to obtain measurements of Belva Crater and calculate its diameter in both metric and English standard units.