It’s extraordinarily hard to fly on Mars. But NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter did it — 72 times.
On Jan. 25, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson gloomily announced that the helicopter’s 72nd flight was its final extraterrestrial trip. The first craft to ever make a powered, controlled flight on another planet damaged at least one of its essential four rotor blades, and cannot take flight again.
“It is bittersweet that I must announce that Ingenuity, the little helicopter that could — and it kept saying I think I can I think I can — well, it’s now taken its last flight,” Nelson said in a video posted to X, formerly Twitter.
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