Mars Descent Parachute Rips In Rocket Sled Test | Video
By Steve Spaleta, Space.com Senior Producer |
A supersonic parachute was tested by NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. A rocket-fired sled and pulley system pulled a one kilometer rope with parachute attached. (Curiosity's Mars Descent Animation) "The point of these tests are to find these flaws" says NASA mechanical engineer Michael Meacham. He explains how the test works.