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NASA tests foldable heat shield that could help human Mars landing

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By ITN News Editor September 13, 2018 12:45

NASA tests foldable heat shield that could help human Mars landing

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched and tested a new umbrella-like heat shield on, opening the door to landing humans on Mars.The new technology – dubbed the Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology – stores like a folded umbrella inside smaller rockets, opening handle-up in space to protect larger payloads as they enter a planet’s atmosphere.

The shape allows it to protect larger areas than current heat shields. The heat shield, which was launched at the Spaceport America launch site in southern New Mexico, could be used for something as grand as human Mars explorations, or potentially human cargo landings on Mars. NASA is preparing to send a new rover robotic lander to Mars in 2020 and plans to send human astronauts in 2033. The rover will search for previous signs on life on Mars and demonstrate technology that could help astronauts survive there.

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By ITN News Editor September 13, 2018 12:45
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