NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter mission ends after 72 flights


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NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has officially been grounded after completing an impressive 72 flights over three years. Ingenuity is the first robot helicopter to achieve powered, controlled flight on a celestial body beyond Earth. The decision to end the mission came after images from its final flight on January 18 revealed a broken rotor blade, making it inoperable. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced the end of Ingenuity's mission, which exceeded expectations lasting 33 times longer than originally planned.