Curiosity’s Old Parachute Flaps in the Martian Wind

Curiosity’s Old Parachute Flaps in the Martian Wind
DISCOVERY NEWS | APRIL 3, 2013
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When NASA’s rover Curiosity entered the Martian atmosphere to begin its famous “7 minutes of terror,” one component of its entry, descent and landing (EDL) included the deployment of a huge parachute to capture the thin Mars air to aid its rapid deceleration. Shortly after landing inside Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, NASA’s orbiting Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to photograph not only the parachute, but also the backshell, heat shield, skycrane and counterweights.

Now, the team managing one of the MRO’s instruments — the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) — have released a series of photos of Curiosity’s parachute over the course of five months… Read more

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