JAKARTA, NNC - The Mars 2020 Parachute is a go for the next generation Mars explorers mission. NASA will carry a sophisticated parachute that has passed its final test.
“Mars 2020 will be carrying the heaviest payload yet to the surface of Mars, and like all our prior Mars missions, we only have one parachute and it has to work,” said Mars 2020 Project Manager John McNamee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), citing Astronomy page on Thursday, Nov 11.
Testing the parachute intended for other planets on Earth is indeed complicated, but not impossible while choosing the right conditions, John said.
“Earth's atmosphere near the surface is much denser than that near the martian surface, by about 100 times. But high up — around 23 miles (37 km) — the atmospheric density on Earth is very similar to 6 miles (10 kilometers) above Mars, which happens to be the altitude that Mars 2020 will deploy its parachute,” JPL test technical lead Ian Clark explained.