Another 'lunar' step closer for Orion
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.