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Parachute Parachute Parachute Parachute!

Here is the operational diagram for NASA's new Max Launch Abort System (MLAS) (for ejecting astronauts from a rocket at the launch pad if something goes wrong). They deploy parachutes no less than 4 times, for a total of 9 separate parachutes! :)

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This system is different from the old Launch Escape System (LES) in that the old system involved a rocket above the capsule instead of below it. Each has its pros and cons. See the MLAS Wiki article for details. The MLAS had a successful test launch yesterday (using a dummy capsule), so you can see the parachute parade in his full live glory! If you're impatient, skip to the 2 minute mark in the video below:

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LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

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