Parachute Testing for InSight Mission in wind tunnel

Parachute testing for NASA’s InSight mission to Mars was conducted inside the world’s largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center.

The wind tunnel is 80 feet (24 meters) tall and 120 feet (37 meters) wide. It is part of the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, operated by the Arnold Engineering Development Center of the U.S. Air Force.

InSight, for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars in September 2016.  The lander will investigate the deep interior of Mars to gain information about how rocky planets, including Earth, formed and evolved.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin

Editor: Tony Greicius