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NASA's Mars Helicopter Is Carrying A Piece Of American History On Its Upcoming Flight

NASA is looking to make history this April with their Mars helicopter, dubbed "Ingenuity," as they attempt to make the first controlled flight on another planet.

When the small chopper takes flight, it will be carrying with it a significant piece of American aviation history — a small swatch of fabric from the Wright Brothers' first successful aircraft.

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The historic plane, Flyer 1, completed the first powered controlled flight on Earth on December 17, 1903, so it is only fitting that it be part of the first flight of the same kind on Mars.

The piece of fabric used by NASA is from the wing of the historic plane and is currently wrapped around a cable located underneath the helicopter's solar panel with the help of some insulated tape.

This is not the first time the space organization has taken a piece of Flyer 1 beyond our world; a piece of wood from the aircraft was taken to the moon and back on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

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Mars continues to be conquered as NASA's tiny helicopter, dubbed Ingenuity, made history yet again after completing its longest and fastest flight to date.

Ingenuity took off early Sunday morning, rising to an altitude of 16 ft. and then soaring 164 ft., which is a little over half the length of a football field, at a maximum speed of 6.6 ft. per second before returning to its original launch zone and safely landing.

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NASA has once again made history on the surface of Mars this year, this time with the help of a tiny helicopter named "Ingenuity."

After numerous flight delays, the helicopter lifted off the surface of Mars and successfully landed back down on the surface, becoming the first powered flight on another planet in human history.

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NASA's Mars Helicopter Is Set To Take Flight This Weekend & Here's What To Expect

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NASA is looking to make history yet again this weekend with the first flight of its Mars helicopter "Ingenuity."

The flight is currently scheduled to occur on Sunday, April 11, at around 10:54 p.m. EST, and NASA TV will be airing live coverage as the team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California receives flight data at around 3:30 a.m. EST.

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