ASPIRE Launch from Wallops Successful

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Image courtesy NASA/Wallops Flight Facility

NASA had a successful launch Saturday morning.  ASPIRE is the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment and NASA was testing a parachute for possible future missions to Mars. The parachute payload was deployed by a suborbital sounding rocket to an altitude of about 32 miles, then splashed-down in the Atlantic off Wallops Island where data was retrieved and will be investigated.

In May, there will be a launch from the Wallops Flight Facility of an Antares rocket which will carry an resupply mission to the International Space Station.