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NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test

14 Nov 2017, 17:55 UTC
NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test NASA/Wallops

Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed.

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