On October 4, 2017, NASA has tested Mars 2020’s supersonic parachute, which will slow down the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (around 19500 km/h, or 5.4 kilometers per second). Mars 2020 is a Mars rover mission by NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. The planned launch will be, as the mission’s name suggests, in 2020. The mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investigating evidence in place and by caching drilled samples of Martian rocks for potential future return to Earth.
The video below, published by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and titled “NASA’s Mars 2020 Supersonic Parachute: Test Flight #1” shows an onboard view of the test flight.Continue reading Watch: Test Flight #1 of NASA’s Mars 2020 Supersonic Parachute