Used Parachute on Mars Flaps in the Wind
This sequence of seven images from the
High Resolution Imaging Science
Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows wind-
caused changes in the parachute of NASA's
Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft as the
chute lay on the Martian ground during
months after its use in safe landing of the
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of
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The images were obtained by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Seven images taken by HiRISE between Aug. 12, 2012, and Jan. 13, 2013, show the used parachute shifting its shape at least twice in response to wind.
The images in the sequence of photos are available online at http://uahirise.org/...s/msl-chute.php and at http://www.nasa.gov/...a/pia16813.html .
Researchers have used HiRISE to study many types of changes on Mars. Its first image of Curiosity's parachute, not included in this series, caught the spacecraft suspended from the chute during descent through the Martian atmosphere.
HiRISE is operated by the University of Arizona, Tucson. The instrument was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project and Curiosity are managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
For more information about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been studying Mars from orbit since 2006, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mro .
Guy Webster 818-354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.