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The Largest Parachute Ever Built for Mars Aces Its First Test

16 May 2018, 11:00 UTC
The Largest Parachute Ever Built for Mars Aces Its First Test I.Barel/ESA

The largest-ever parachute bound for Mars, which will land Europe's ExoMars rover on the surface of the Red Planet in 2021, passed the first in a series of tests in Sweden.

The ring-slot parachute is 115 feet (35 meters) across, weighs almost 200 lbs. (90 kilograms) and is equipped with 3 miles (5 kilometers) of cords. According to a video by the European Space Agency (ESA), which oversees ExoMars, it takes five working days to prepare and fold the parachute into its correct configuration.

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