The Perseverance rover collects samples on Mars. (File photo)
NASA previously explained that Thursday's flight was intended to check the helicopter's systems, following a landing earlier than planned during the previous flight.
Ingenuity had reached an altitude of 12 meters, NASA explained in this message published Friday evening, but during its descent, communications between the helicopter and the rover ended earlier, before landing. /p>
On X, JPL said Friday that the Perseverance rover could not see Ingenuity, but that its teams might consider driving closer for a visual inspection .
NASA has temporarily lost contact with the helicopter in the past, including for a long period of about two months last year.
Ingenuity, which weighs only 1.8 kg, was originally supposed to take off only five times, but the mission exceeded all expectations.
In total, the helicopter traveled some 17 kilometers, and flew up to an altitude of 24 meters.
Its longevity is remarkable, knowing that it must survive freezing Martian nights, warming itself thanks to solar panels charging its batteries during the day.
Working with Perseverance, he acted as an aerial scout to help his wheeled companion search for possible signs of ancient microbial life.< /p>