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Orion Parachute Drop Test on Feb. 12, 2013
Orion Parachute Drop Test on Feb. 12, 2013

Two of Orion's three main parachutes fully inflate during the latest parachute test at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The third, seen hanging below the vehicle, was rigged not to inflate by engineers to prove that the Orion spacecraft – represented here by a dart-shaped test article – could make it safely to the ground with only two working main parachutes.

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