Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
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NASA’s Supersonic Mars Parachute Has Set An Exhilarating Record

NASA’s Supersonic Mars Parachute Has Set An Exhilarating Record

ASPIRE test in detail, showed how our parachute will behave when disclosure in a supersonic flow high above the surface of Mars.

The ASPIRE chute worked remarkably well-better than it will need to.

Nasa hopes the mission will help to answer key questions about the potential for life on Mars.

"Mars 2020" will carry a heavy load ever sent to Mars and, like the previous Mars missions, we will have only one parachute, and it should work.

When onboard sensors determined the payload had reached the appropriate height (38 kilometers altitude) and Mach number 1.8, the payload deployed a parachute, it said.

The podcast, which will be narrated by science journalist Leslie Mullen and InSight team members, will feature episodes that bring together humor and storytelling to keep listeners updated on InSight's journey to Mars and the behind-the-scenes work of this mission.


Less than two minutes after the launch of a 58-foot-tall (17.7-metre) Black Brant IX sounding rocket on September 7, a payload separated and began its dive back through Earth's atmosphere, the United States space agency said in a statement late Monday. That's about an 85-percent higher load than what scientists would expect the Mars 2020 parachute to encounter during its deployment in Mars' atmosphere.

The 37,000-kg load was the highest ever survived by a supersonic parachute.

"We are all about helping 2020 stick its landing 28 months from now", Ian Clark, the test's technical lead from JPL, said in the statement. NASA's Sounding Rocket Program is based at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.

The parachute was carried aboard a Black Brant IX sounding rocket travelling at almost twice the speed of sound (343 meters per second).

Nasa has also released a snippet which was meant to show the tests, and the test makes parachute look likes a Jellyfish from outer space.

Now that the parachute has passed its tests, Clark and his crew will focus on the rest of the landing. Project Manager John Macnamee noted that only the spacecraft will be only one parachute.

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