posted on Aug, 11 2012 @ 10:32 PM
First things first, this isn't a conspiracy question, just something that has been puzzling me. The only time I've ever used a parachute was in gym
class, which by the way was ridiculous, so I'm just trying to understand how they work outside the atmosphere of elementary school.
I was watching a Discovery channel show about the making of the Curiosity Mars rover and there were a few things that just didn't seem to make sense.
No, I'm not talking about the JPL guy who has two earrings and looks like Michael Madsen from the Kill Bill movie, even though I find it odd when he
stood directly in front of the powerpoint projector with the light in his eyes.
I'm also not talking about how they had to re-design the motors because nobody thought to do an extended run test which is standard procedure for
virtually every moving part ever made.
I'm talking about the parachute.
It has always been my understanding that Earth was the only planet with air on the surface, it has also been my understanding that air is what is
needed to fill the parachute and make it expand. The only time I have ever seen a parachute on a space craft was during the return or re-entry phase,
never during the Moon landing or when docking in space. When they showed the last Mars Rover mission it was surrounded by inflatable balls like the
Val Kilmer movie and bounced across the surface. So what gives? Why have they never used a parachute before, and what has changed to allow for it's