ATLANTIC, Va.- NASA on Friday morning successfully conducted the third in a series of parachute tests for possible future missions to Mars during the flight of a Terrier-Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The launch of the 58-foot-tall rocket took place at 9:30 a.m. A recovery boat has been sent to retrieve the rocket from the Atlantic Ocean. The parachute will then be closely inspected by research teams.
The rocket carried the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
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