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Sunday, June 29, 2014

NASA Tests Two Parachutes for Two Systems

Image Courtesy of NASA

June 25, 2014: In one test, the Orion orbiter mock up conducts its final and most complicated parachute drop successfully in preparation for its first test flight into space later this year. The drop took place at the U.S. Army Proving Grounds in Arizona. This success moves NASA one step closer to returning to human spaceflight, where we need to be. The Orion capsule and the massive rocket being designed to propel it will be able to take astronauts back to the moon, out to an asteroid, and possibly, in time, on to Mars. This capsule will be designed to take us further than we've gone before.

Image Courtesy of NASA

In the meantime, NASA also tested its UFO for Mars. In other words, they took their Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator up to 120,000 feet via balloon and let her go. The large disk decelerator wrapped around the body of the craft appears to have done its job up there where the atmosphere is Mars-like. There will be a total of three tests before the system gets a trip to Mars (should all go well).

Things just keep getting more interesting in spaceflight.

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