Nasa daily picture for September 13: Success! Final Orion Parachute Tests Completed

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Final Orion parachute test

Like ghostly apparitions against a patch of blue, a C-17 aircraft and a mock Orion spacecraft are seen in the sky over Yuma, Arizona on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2018.  The mock Orion was pulled out from the aircraft's cargo bay to perform a test of the spacecraft's parachute system. This final test qualified the parachute system for flights with astronauts, checking off an important milestone on the path to send humans on missions to the Moon and beyond.

Over the course of eight tests at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, engineers have evaluated the performance of Orion’s parachute system during normal landing sequences as well as several failure scenarios and a variety of potential aerodynamic conditions to ensure astronauts can return safely from deep space missions.

Image Credit: US Army



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