Friday, October 30, 2020
Home Lead Story NASA Rocket Launch Tests Supersonic Parachute for Mars Rover Landings

NASA Rocket Launch Tests Supersonic Parachute for Mars Rover Landings

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

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.

The payload descended by parachute and splashed-down in the Atlantic Ocean 28 miles from Wallops Island, NASA said.

The parachute was successfully recovered and returned to Wallops for data retrieval and inspection.

The suborbital launch was designed to mimic conditions that the parachute might experience during a Mars landing, Space.com reported.

NASA Mars
The parachute was successfully recovered and returned to Wallops for data retrieval and inspection. VOA

“This is really a strength test of that Mars 2020 (rover) design,” Jeremy Hill, a mechanical engineer at JPL, was quoted as saying during a webcast of the launch.

“We want to get as close to the Martian environment as we can.”

The payload is a bullet-nosed, cylindrical structure holding a supersonic parachute, the parachute’s deployment mechanism, and the test’s high-definition instrumentation — including cameras — to record data.

You May Also Like to Read About- Google Introducing Pixel 3 in October, says Report

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.

The mission takes the next step in addressing questions about potential for life on Mars by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,779FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Cognitive Disorders Increase Risks of Developing Severe COVID

Researchers have claimed that dementia and other cognitive disorders now appear to be the risk factors for developing severe COVID-19. The findings, published in the...

Localized Content Driving New Customers in Amazon Prime Video

Riding on localized content being churned out in countries like India, the number of Prime members who stream Prime Video grew by more than...

Cheerful People Likely to Experience Less Memory Decline

People who feel enthusiastic and cheerful -- what psychologists call "positive affect" -- are less likely to experience memory decline as they age, say...

BCG Vaccine Can Help Managing COVID in Elderly: ICMR

The Bacille Calmette-Guerin or BCG vaccine, originally made against tuberculosis, may help in the management of COVID-19, especially in the elderly, says a study...

5 Simple Things to Improve Your Life and Your Bank Account

We’re always searching for ways to boost our wealth, improve our health, and increase our standing among our peers, but often, the best ways...

Uttar Pradesh To Get State Organ Tissue Transplant Organization

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to set up the State Organ Tissue Transplant Organization (SOTTO), a state-level body that will...

Is Intelligence Necessary When It Comes to Making Money- Greatway Financial Weighs In

By Jamie Cartwright Intelligence might help you score well on a math test or enable success in academia, but it’s not necessarily a determining factor...

Are Instant Personal Loans In India Easily Available

By Shubhi Gupta All of us go through a bad phase in life when we are in need of instant money but are short of...

Recent Comments