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TEST SUCCESS FOR LARGEST MARS PARACHUTE

Discussion in 'General Astronomy Chat' started by Mak the Night, Apr 8, 2018.

TEST SUCCESS FOR LARGEST MARS PARACHUTE

Started by Mak the Night on Apr 8, 2018 at 4:32 AM

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  1. Mak the Night

    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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    The largest parachute ever to fly on a Mars mission has been deployed in the first of a series of tests to prepare for the upcoming ExoMars mission that will deliver a rover and a surface science platform to the Red Planet.

    http://exploration.esa.int/mars/60118-first-test-success-for-largest-mars-mission-parachute/

    The spacecraft that will carry them is due for launch in July 2020, with arrival at Mars in March 2021. The rover will be the first of its kind to drill below the surface and determine if evidence of life is buried underground, protected from the destructive radiation that impinges the surface today.

    A carrier module will transport the rover and the science platform to Mars within a single aeroshell. A descent module will separate from the carrier shortly before reaching the atmosphere, whereupon a heatshield, parachutes, thrusters and damping systems will reduce the speed, delivering them safely to the surface. ~ op cit

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExoMars_2020_surface_platform

    ESA_ExoMars2020_parachute_sequence_600w.jpg

    Meanwhile BBC 4 are getting ahead of themselves predicting the weather for the 2021 landing though.

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    They are getting a tad more accurate these days. I suppose it depends on the skill of the person who opens the window to look outside to see if it's raining or not lol.

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    Cute meteorologist too.
     
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