THIS WEEK @NASA: Latest Episode Features Orion Spacecraft’s Successful Test of Parachute System

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ABOVE VIDEO: 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.

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.

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