Testing Parachutes for the Mars Mission


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., tested the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft with IDT High Speed cameras. ¬†The parachute for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory passed flight-qualification testing ¬†inside the world’s largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.


In this image, an engineer is dwarfed by the parachute, the largest ever built to fly on an extraterrestrial flight. It is designed to survive deployment at Mach 2.2 in the Martian atmosphere, where it will generate up to 65,000 pounds of drag force.

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Below is a high speed video of the parachute test shot with an IDT camera.