Low Density Supersonic Decelerator shreds during flight test

During a flight test on June 8, 2015, the NASA JPL Low Density Supersonic Decelerator shredded. This experiment is a concept demonstrator for an advanced aerobraking technique for future Mars missions. The first flight was on June 29, 2014. A third test is planned.

It’s worthwhile to keep in mind that as much or more can be learned from a failure as from a success. And if it were easy, it wouldn’t be rocket science.

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