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Torn parachute pleases NASA in vehicle test

The launch is one of several that aim to pave the way for missions to Mars

By William Cole

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 09, 2014

~~<p>When NASA launched a flying saucer-shaped re-entry test vehicle from Kauai on June 28, the parachute was ripped to shreds, but the test was a success.</p>
<p>&quot;A good test is one where there are no surprises, but a great test is one where you are able to learn new things, and that is certainly what we have in this case.&quot; said Ian Clark, principal investigator for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project.</p>
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When NASA launched a flying saucer-shaped re-entry test vehicle from Kauai on June 28, the parachute was ripped to shreds, but the test was a success.

"A good test is one where there are no surprises, but a great test is one where you are able to learn new things, and that is certainly what we have in this case." said Ian Clark, principal investigator for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project. Login for more...



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