Piece of Wright brothers’ first plane now on Mars

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When NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars in February, it carried a bit of the Wright brothers’ first airplane with it.

A swatch of fabric from the airplane, known as the Flyer, is secured beneath the solar panels of an experimental helicopter, which in turn is strapped to the underside of the rover, according to a statement from NASA.

The helicopter, called Ingenuity, is attached to the rover for now, but soon, if all goes well,  scientists will pilot the aircraft remotely over the surface of the Red Planet.

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This flight will be attempted “no earlier than April 8,” NASA said. The rover must first transport Ingenuity to a designated airfield and deploy the chopper; once dropped off, the helicopter must gather enough solar energy to power its internal heaters and prevent its instruments from freezing.

“While Ingenuity will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet, the first powered, controlled flight on Earth took place Dec. 17, 1903,” when the Wright brothers launched their first airplane in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, according to the NASA statement.

The brothers used an unbleached muslin material to cover the aircraft’s wings. The Ingenuity chopper carries a bit of that muslin, wrapped in insulating tape and secured to a cable within the helicopter.

The Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio collected the small piece of fabric, about the size of a postage stamp, from the plane’s left wing and donated it at NASA’s request, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

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