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Inside of the world's largest wind tunnel at NASA's Ames Research center, the Mars Exploration Rover parachute is fully deployed.  The parachute went through many design iterations to perfect it for use by the rovers in January, 2004.  The rover chute is a narrow, conical design topped by minimal white fabric bands.

A test of the Mars Exploration Rover parachute in the world's largest wind tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center.

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