NASA tested the parachute for Mars

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"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. 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.

'And let me tell you, it looks handsome'.

During the ultrafast inflation, the huge Technora and Kevlar-fiber parachute created nearly 70,000 pounds of force.

Last month, the 180-pound parachute, plus a camera created to watch it deploy, was launched on a sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA has conducted a record-breaking test of the massive parachute that will be used to deliver its heaviest payload yet to Mars.

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NASA's ASPIRE project (Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment) was tasked with developing a parachute that could open extremely quickly, at very high speeds, in a very diffuse atmosphere. The payload featuring the parachute separated from the aforementioned rocket only two minutes after it launched from Earth.

NASA said that the parachute opened four tenths of a second, which is the fastest result in the world with respect to structures of this size.

Space exploration news is mostly found on the internet and TV, but NASA is providing another cool medium that will allow science buffs to tune into its latest Mars mission. The second and third tests carried chutes of similar dimensions but reinforced with stronger materials and stitching. The parachute was packed as a payload, ultimately separating from the rocket to fall back to Earth.

With the ASPIRE tests complete, the endeavors of Clark and his compatriots will be confined to the lower part of the stratosphere for the time being. "On a Mission" is the first JPL podcast to track a mission's flight through interviewers with Insight's team at NASA's California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

'We are all about helping 2020 stick its landing 28 months from now, ' Clark said. Northrop Grumman provides mission planning, engineering services and field operations through the NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract.

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