The Mars Ingenuity helicopter is in the rare state that virtually everything it does, and every flight it takes sets a new record of some kind - even if it's simply the flight number. The helicopter's latest flight, on September 16th, set a new altitude record as well as the flight number at 59.
Screen capture from NASA JPL's X account
Flight 59 was entirely hovering, with no distance traveled other than that
roughly 66 feet vertical travel. Since its first flight in '21 and the
five flight program that was instituted for the little, four-pound helicopter,
its mission has primarily turned into a scouting and reconnaissance tool for
the Perseverance rover it flew to Mars attached to.
Over the course of its 59 flights, Ingenuity has traveled a total of 43,652 feet (13,304 m) and stayed aloft for 106.5 minutes, according to the flight log.
Before Flight 59, the helicopter's altitude mark stood at 59 feet (18 m). Its single-flight distance and duration records are 2,310 feet (704 m) and 169.5 seconds, set in April 2022 and August 2021, respectively.
Photo reconnaissance for the rover is a good mission for the helicopter.