This Week at NASA: Orion Spacecraft's Parachute System Test and More


This Week at NASA: Orion Spacecraft’s Parachute System Test and More.

NASA conducted the latest successful test of the Orion spacecraft's parachute system on March 8 in the skies above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

The test was designed to evaluate the parachutes' performance in an emergency abort situation that would require Orion to be jettisoned from the agency's Space Launch System rocket during a launch. Even at this relatively low altitude, the parachutes are designed to fully deploy and safely return Orion and its crew to Earth. Also, Shin Honored by Aviation Week, Space Station Resupply Mission Targeted for March 19, Small Business Innovation Proposals Selected, Deep Space Atomic Clock, Modern Figures Virtual Tour, and NASA Aero "Night of Flight."

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