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  • This array of parachutes, designed for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, is seen here during a test above Eloy, Ariz., in 2015. Several parachute designs for Orion have also been tested in NASA wind tunnels.
    NASA
    This array of parachutes, designed for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, is seen here during a test above Eloy, Ariz., in 2015. Several parachute designs for Orion have also been tested in NASA wind tunnels.
  • This artistic rendering shows a parachute system and other stages in a next-generation space mission that incorporates a large, flexible heat shield.
    NASA
    This artistic rendering shows a parachute system and other stages in a next-generation space mission that incorporates a large, flexible heat shield.
  • Francesco Panerai holds a sample of parachute material at NASA Ames Research Center. The screen display shows a parachute prototype (left) and a magnified patch of the material at right.
    Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab
    Francesco Panerai holds a sample of parachute material at NASA Ames Research Center. The screen display shows a parachute prototype (left) and a magnified patch of the material at right.




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