An­other 'lu­nar' step closer for Orion

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

Deep-space ex­plo­ration to the Moon and be­yond has taken a suc­cess­ful step for­ward as NASA en­gi­neers have com­pleted the fi­nal tests of the Orion para­chute sys­tem. Eight tests were con­ducted at the United States’ Yuma Prov­ing Ground in Ari­zona.

There are a lot of happy NASA em­ploy­ees af­ter these tests as they showed that the Orion mod­ule can de­ploy 11 para­chutes within about ten min­utes of fall­ing through the Earth’s at­mos­phere. This brought the speed down from 480 kilo­me­tres (300 miles) per hour to a steady 32 kilo­me­tres (20 miles) per hour as it splashed down in the Pa­cific Ocean.

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