Models of NASA's Spacecraft, Rover Leave Peninsula for Inaugural Parade
HAMPTON, Va., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two pieces of important NASA hardware from this region, full-scale models of NASA's Orion spacecraft and Mars Curiosity Rover, are going to be included in the 57(th) Inaugural Parade, Jan. 21, in Washington.
Transported from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., the Orion model has been used to imitate various water landing scenarios for the nation's next-generation spacecraft that will carry astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before. The testing with this model has simulated different velocities, parachute deployments, entry angles, wave heights and wind conditions that the real spacecraft may one day encounter when landing in the ocean.
The Curiosity Rover model, transported from Hampton's Virginia Air and Space Center, is a full-scale replica of the rover that landed on Mars in August 2012 and is finding evidence about ancient wet environments that may have been favorable for microbial life on Mars.
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