NASA conducts successful test for Mars 2020 parachute system

On October 4, a 58-ft (17.7-m) Black Brant IX rocket was launched, carrying a payload that included the parachute, its deployment mechanism, and a suite of data-gathering instruments, including cameras. The parachute deployed 42 seconds after launch while at an altitude of 26 miles (42 km) and traveling at a velocity of 1.8 times the speed of sound. The test was successful and 35 minutes after launch, the payload splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean, about 34 miles (54 km) away from the launchpad.

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