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Video: NASA tests its supersonic Mars parachute for the first time

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 21, 2017 01:03 AM
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by gregory.j.beach@gmail.com (Greg Beach) last modified Nov 20, 2017

As part of its Mars 2020 mission, NASA has performed the first test of its supersonic parachute. This essential component will allow the Mars-bound spacecraft to slow down as its enters the Red Planet's atmosphere whilst traveling at speeds of over 12,000 MPH. "It is quite a ride," said Ian Clark, the test's technical lead from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "The imagery of our first parachute inflation is almost as breathtaking to behold as it is scientifically significant....




 

 


 

 

 
 
 
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