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NASA to study supersonic parachute shredded in 'flying saucer' test

NASA to study supersonic parachute shredded in 'flying saucer' test

A supersonic parachute meant to slow a flying saucer during landing quickly failed during a test flight Monday – a second strike that the team had been hoping to avoid. Now, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hope to pull more data from the craft to try and learn what happened -- and how to improve it. The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, or LDSD, is designed to allow humans and cargo to land safely on Mars without smashing into the planet. It features a 100-foot-wide supersonic parachute that has more than double the area of the one that helped get NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to touch down without a hitch. But in this case of this much-larger...

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