A chunk of Wright Flyer I will fly on Mars, NASA placed part of the world’s first plane in its Ingenuity helicopter
The wright brothers plane it was the first to take flight in 1903 here on Earth. More than 100 years later will soar through the skies of Mars as well. About. And it is that NASA has taken to the red planet a piece of the wing of the Wright Flyer I, which is now attached to the Ingenuity helicopter.
The NASA has been hiding surprises on its Perseverance mission to Mars. One of the most curious was the message hidden in the parachute of Perseverance. Apparently there is more, a piece of cloth from the Wright brothers’ plane has traveled to Mars.
The 1903 Wright Flyer I is the first vehicle to make the first controlled and sustained flight on Earth, being a heavier-than-air piloted and motorized vehicle. Ingenuity for its part will soon be the first heavier-than-air vehicle to make the first powered and piloted flight on another planet. The piece of the wing is the connecting link between the two.
It’s not a big deal, it’s about a piece barely the size of a postcard. The piece of fabric was cut from the original fabric used on the plane’s wings in 1903. NASA made sure to protect it and place it on their Ingenuity helicopter, which as we saw, will be the first vehicle to fly on another planet. In case it weren’t enough to take a piece of the world’s first plane, too Linux has been taken.
Attached to the bottom of the Ingenuity’s solar panel is this chunk of the world’s first aircraft. The helicopter / drone weighs just 1.8 kilograms and is currently riding the Perseverance rover traveling on Mars. It will be released shortly at a location near the Jezero crater on Mars. Sometime at the beginning of this next April it is expected to fly and thus complete your mission.
On Earth, on the Moon and on Mars
The piece of the Wright Flyer I on Mars is undoubtedly a surprise and curiosity for all lovers of space exploration. Nevertheless, It is not the first time that NASA makes this kind of tribute. Previously in 1969, when we reached the Moon for the first time, NASA made a similar tribute. The astronaut Neil Armstrong took a piece of the Wright Flyer I to the Moon. With this, once again, two unique events in the history of humanity were commemorated: when we flew for the first time and when we reached the Moon for the first time.
Wright Flyer I therefore first conquered the skies of Earth and gave the kick-off for aerospace exploration. Decades later He also reached the Moon and now decades later also to Martand. It remains to be seen if another piece conquers Jupiter, Saturn or beyond.