Design a Mars Parachute

  • By Rick Groleau
  • Posted 01.04.04
  • NOVA

Custom-made parachutes helped the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity touch down safely on the Red Planet. In this interactive, learn how engineers build chutes that are strong, stable, and compact. Then design your own parachute and test it out in our virtual wind tunnel.

Launch Interactive

Engineer a parachute strong and light enough to control a rover's descent to the surface of Mars.



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