Ingenuity has flown seven times now and I'm not certain but I think for at least one of the flights it traveled some distance and landed in a new site.

Perseverance has done some traveling as well.


  1. Which is currently further from their landing site: Ingenuity or Perseverance?
  2. How far away are they from each other now?

There's going to be a range limit for their ZigBee link, so either Ingenuity will have to keep up with Perseverance or Ingenuity will eventually left on is own incommunicado unless there's another radio out there that can be configured to speak ZigBee at 900 MHz.

Related and potentially helpful information:

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    $\begingroup$ I have a feeling the answer to this might change weekly as long as Ingenuity works. $\endgroup$ Jun 11, 2021 at 6:58
  • $\begingroup$ @BonanKogoj this question has a posting date and it can be answered now. There are plenty of questions here that are in a similar situation, it is generally understood that when "currently" is written it refers to the time of writing. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jun 11, 2021 at 9:00
  • $\begingroup$ A man takes a dog on a leash for a walk. Who is farther from home, the man or the dog? Sure you can say, for any specific moment of time, but does it matter? $\endgroup$
    – SF.
    Aug 31, 2021 at 11:56
  • $\begingroup$ @SF. not to the dog :-) $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 31, 2021 at 11:57

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NASA has a webpage with an interactive map of the rover and helicopter. As of today,

  1. the helicopter is slightly farther (straight-line distance) from the landing site than the rover.

  2. the rover and helicopter are about 400 m apart.

Ingenuity and Perseverance

Of course, the answers will change as the mission progresses.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure why, but the helicopter is now back, much closer to the landing site again, but it doesn't make sense to continue updating the answer. Thanks for finding the website! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Dec 24, 2021 at 8:59

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