NASA ROCKET TO TEST PARACHUTE FOR MARS LANDER
On Sep 8 (IANS) NASA has launched a sounding rocket from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to test a supersonic parachute for landing its next rover on Mars.
The rocket launched on Friday carried the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
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The suborbital launch was designed to mimic conditions that the parachute might experience during a Mars landing, Space.com reported.
The Mars 2020 rover mission is scheduled to launch in July/August 2020 when Earth and Mars are in good positions relative to each other for landing on Mars.