NASA’s Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test

A 58-foot-tall Black Brant IX sounding rocket launches from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Oct. 4. This was the first test of the Mars 2020 mission’s parachute-testing series, the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment, or ASPIRE. Image credit: NASA/Wallops br /> › Larger view › Larger view”/> Landing on Mars is difficult and not always…