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A 100-foot diameter packed-parachute, bridles and lines are readied into position for a Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test that occurred at the U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake earlier this year.
12.17.2013

LDSD Packed Parachute

A 300-foot crane is being used to test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, a challenging technology to enable a future mission to Mars or other planetary bodies that uses heavier spacecraft and lands at locations that were previously not achievable.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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