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Dayton's Wright Brothers Making History On Mars

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Carillon Historical Park
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Image of Wright Flyer III fabric.

A small piece of aviation history is now on the Planet Mars.

NASA’s experimental helicopter, Ingenuity, will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. Inside the helicopter is a piece of fabric from the wing of the 1903 Wright Flyer - the first airplane to make a powered, controlled flight on Earth.

Steve Lucht, is a curator at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton which donated the postage-stamp sized cloth.

“Not only did they make history on Earth but now they’re making history on another planet," he says.

"And their basic concepts of flight, and Aeronautics, and Aviation are still being used, in the sense that they’re using that propeller design on a Mars helicopter. So, we're more than thrilled that the Wright Brothers are being honored in such a way.”

NASA says around April 8, Ingenuity will separate from the Perseverance rover. It’ll take about six Earth-days to do. Then, much like the Wright Brothers, their goal will be to fly.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.