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NASA Tests Orion Spacecraft Parachute Jettison Over Arizona

Last May, NASA conducted a somewhat similar test of Orion’s parachutes. This test also was a success. Photo Credit: NASA

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight.

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NASA Signs Agreement with BRS Aerospace for Use of Unique Facility

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has signed a new partnership agreement with Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc., or BRS Aerospace, of Miami, Fla., for use of the Parachute Refurbishment Facility, or PRF.

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Orion Parachute Failure Test Validates Design's Abilities

NASA tested the Orion spacecraft’s parachute design again today in Yuma, Arizona. Today’s failure test saw one of the parachutes forced to fail on purpose to see if the remaining two could successfully lower the spacecraft safely to the ground. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA conducted a failure test of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute design [...]

NASA Conducts Failure Tests of Orion Parachutes

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A test article of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle conducted tests to see how the spacecraft’s parachutes would handle failure scenarios. The tests were conducted in the deserts of Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, May 2, 2013.

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Four Decades After It Landed on the Red Planet, Mars 3 Found

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered what could be segments of the Soviet Union’s Mars 3 spacecraft, which disappeared on the Red Planet in 1971. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On May 28, 1971, the Soviet Mars 3 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur atop a Proton-K rocket, just nine days after its sister probe Mars 2. [...]

Curiosity's Parachute Captured Flapping in the Martian Breeze

NASA has compiled a series of images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera to show Curiosity’s used parachute flapping in the Martian wind. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The imaging specialists that allow us to see what spacecraft are doing on far-flung worlds are always coming up with new pictures to bring [...]

HiRISE Gives NASA Eyes in the Martian Sky

HiRISE image of Curiosity’s landing area. Photo Credit: NASA

Curiosity, the car-sized rover that landed on Mars Sunday night, used possibly the most complicated landing systems ever devised. When engineers got confirmation that the rover was down Sunday night, they didn’t really know where it was or how exactly the landing had gone. They [...]