NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is preparing for its first flight sometime next week. It was the first powered flight on Mars, and in commemoration of that opportunity, a small helicopter is carrying a lucky charm. The helicopter, taped to a cable under the solar panel above the Ingenuity’s two pairs of rotor blades, has a carefully prepared muslin sample from the Wright Flyer’s wings. This is the first aircraft to make a powered flight on Earth.
The stamp-sized fabric swatch is from the left wing of a Tohi and Muslin biplane, and NASA received it as a donation from the Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, home of Wilbur and Orville Wright. In 1927, the museum’s restorer replaced the original wing fabric. Replaced again in 1985, the fabric displayed on the Wright Flyer of the National Air and Space Museum today is much more similar to the original fabric than the 1927 edition. Meanwhile, the original muslin fabric was hidden for such an opportunity.
This wing fabric swatch is the first artifact in aviation history we sent to Mars (not counting all the brave robots that just went to Mars and became part of aerospace history). A long, and perhaps slightly up-to-date episode, weird – the tradition of sending some of Earth’s first planes into space.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong carried spruce debris from the Wright Flyer’s fuselage, and in 1969 a small piece of cloth from one wing to the moon. 1998 Space Shuttle Discovery. Both astronauts safely brought the Wright Flyer relics back to Earth. Armstrong’s work is currently on display at the Wright Brothers National Monument in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Two small pieces of a historic plane went through the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. This killed astronaut Michael Smith, who was managing pieces of wood and fabric for the trip, and his crew. The Wright Flyer relic has been recovered and is now on display at the North Carolina Museum of History. These are historical relics for two reasons. Or, from another point of view, it is part of two chapters of the same human story. In flight.
Of course, the Wright Flyer relics on Ingenuity will not return home. Mars has the first plane of mankind forever.
Part of the Wright Flyer is flying on Mars
https:///sites/kionasmith/2021/03/31/a-piece-of-the-wright-flyer-is-about-to-fly-on-mars/ Part of the Wright Flyer is flying on Mars