The parachute is made of nylon, technora and Kevlar fibers, which are designed for heavy loads and allow him to survive the fall through the atmosphere.
Last month, the 180-pound parachute, plus a camera created to watch it deploy, was launched on a sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The space agency boasted that this is the fastest inflation of a parachute of its size in the world.
This wasn't just any parachute. Friday had also set a world record when it was getting tested on 7th of September 2018.More news: Breast cancer treatment: No chemotherapy for early detection
Space Agency NASA has tested a new Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE). The payload featuring the parachute separated from the aforementioned rocket only two minutes after it launched from Earth.
While one of these was nearly an exact copy of the parachute used for NASA's Mars Science Lab, the other had stronger materials and stitching.
On Oct. 3, NASA's Mars 2020 mission management and members of its Entry, Descent, and Landing team met at JPL in Pasadena, California, and determined that the strengthened parachute had passed its tests and was ready for its Martian debut.More news: Reese's Vending Machine Lets You Swap Unwanted Candy for Peanut Butter Cups
"Mars 2020 will carry the heaviest load ever delivered to Mars and, like the previous Mars missions, we will have only one parachute, and it should work", - said the Manager of the project Mars 2020 John Macnamee. ASPIRE test in detail, showed how our parachute will behave when disclosure in a supersonic flow high above the surface of Mars. "And let me tell you, it looks lovely", he added. That's about 85 percent higher drag than NASA scientists think the chute will ever have to face on Mars.
But forget how lovely it is- by far the coolest thing about this parachute is that it effectively managed to carry the test 67,000-pound (37,000-kilogram) load, the highest ever survived by a supersonic parachute. But that doesn't mean the fun times are over.
'We are all about helping 2020 stick its landing 28 months from now, ' Clark said.
NASA tested the chute with a payload launched from a Black Brant IX sounding rocket. Northrop Grumman provides mission planning, engineering services and field operations through the NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract.More news: Rutgers football player 'plotted to murder two family members of a friend'