Did you know that pieces of the “1903 Wright Flyer I” made by the Wright Brothers’ original history have orbited the Earth and gone to the moon? Now, NASA has teamed up with Carillon Historical Park and the Wright Brothers National Museum to send another piece of the brochure to Mars to participate in yet another of humankind’s historic milestones. The persistent rover now rolls onto the surface of Mars, carrying the Ingenuity helicopter carrier, a piece of Wright Flyer I.’s wing fabric.
1903 Wright Flyer I is the vehicle that made the first sustained controlled flight on Earth with an experimental powered machine, heavier than air. They took part of this original vehicle and put it on board NASA Ingenuity. NASA innovation will soon become “the first heavier-than-air plane to make its first powered, controlled and sustained flight into another world.”
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Amanda said, “Wilbur and Orville Wright would be pleased to know that a small piece of the 1903 Wright Flyer 1, the machine that launched the Space Age by flying in barely a quarter of a mile, will fly in history again on the surface of Mars.” Wright Land and Stephen Wright. “The NASA Mars Perseverance team found a way to convince another 330 million miles of the original Pride of the West tapestry that Wilbur and Orville thought had retired from Broken Flyers Wings on December 17, 1903.”
Amanda Wright Lynn and Stephen Wright are the granddaughter and nephew of Wilbur and Orville. They spoke on behalf of the Wright brothers to announce this historic event.
Above you will see a portion (or portion) of the canvas on Mars now. Photo captured by The History of Dayton, Which represents Carillon Historic Park (Dayton History Experience). Update: The piece on the vehicle is roughly the size of a postage stamp – EXTREMELY small!
The NASA Creativity Helicopter weighs about 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) and is currently riding alongside perseverance on the surface of Mars. The Wright Flyer I material is attached to the bottom of the solar panel located at the top of the helicopter, above each of its rotating blades.
The rover will land at the chosen takeoff site near the Jezero crater on the surface of Mars. The helicopter will attempt several test flights on Mars before leaving it to survive the rest of its existence on the surface of the Red Planet.