SpaceRef

SpaceRef


Photo: Orion Main Parachutes Deployed During Test

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012



Three 300-pound main parachutes gently lower a mockup Orion capsule to the ground during a test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona on Dec. 20. The test verified that the parachute design for the spacecraft - which will take humans farther than they've ever been before and return them to Earth at greater speeds than ever before - will work in the event of one of the capsule's two drogue parachutes malfunctions. Image Credit: NASA. Larger image

// end //

More status reports and news releases or top stories.

Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

SpringHill Suites Houston NASA/Webster