Support Provided ByLearn More

Parachute Problems

NASA untangles why a parachute failed during testing prior to the Curiosity landing.
Publish Date: Topic: Space + FlightSpace & FlightNova
Share

While testing Curiosity's parachute in the world's largest wind tunnel, JPL scientists and engineers were confounded by a failed trial run. The parachute had never failed to open in the past, so why this strange anomaly? By replicating the error and analyzing it in high-resolution footage, they were able to pinpoint the problem.

Support Provided ByLearn More

Explore More

Additional funding for "Ultimate Mars Challenge" is provided by Millicent Bell, through the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation.

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the NOVA Science Trust, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.