See NASA's supersonic Mars parachute set a thrilling record

180-pound parachute billowed out

180-pound parachute billowed out

"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.

The us space Agency NASA has successfully tested the parachute technology ASPIRE for the mission Mars 2020. "And let me tell you, it looks lovely", he added. "On Sept. 7, NASA's Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) project broke a record when its rocket-launched parachute deployed in 4-10ths of a second-the fastest inflation of this size chute in history", said the video's description.

According to NASA, the cargo opened the parachute, reaching the required distance when passing through the atmosphere, four tenths of a second. NASA had a staggering amount of $2.4 billion for its mission, and they got themselves the best parachute that money could buy for landing the invaluable rover swiftly to Red Planet aka the Mars' surface.

According to NASA, the successful test indicates the parachute design is officially ready for Mars.

Mars 2020 project's parachute-testing series

But forget how handsome it is- by far the coolest thing about this parachute is that it effectively managed to carry the test 67,000-pound (37,000-kilogram) load, the highest ever survived by a supersonic parachute.

NASA's "supersonic parachute" that will play a key role in landing its state-of-the-art Mars 2020 rover has created a world record by deploying in just four-tenths of a second and surviving 37,000 kg load, the U.S. space agency said.

"Earth's atmosphere near the surface is much denser than that near the Martian surface, by about 100 times", said Ian Clark, the test's technical lead from JPL. It's held together by over three million stitches and carried by threads of Technora, a strong synthetic fibre. The parachute was packed as a payload, ultimately separating from the rocket to fall back to Earth. "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. NASA's Heliophysics Division manages the sounding-rocket program for the agency.

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