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Home This photo shows a test of the mortar system that will be used on Feb. 18th, 2021, to deploy the parachute for NASA’s Perseverance rover. The test took place in November 2019 at a facility in central Washington. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) This photo shows a test of the mortar system that will be used on Feb. 18th, 2021, to deploy the parachute for NASA's Perseverance rover. The test took place in November 2019 at a facility in central Washington. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This photo shows a test of the mortar system that will be used on Feb. 18th, 2021, to deploy the parachute for NASA’s Perseverance rover. The test took place in November 2019 at a facility in central Washington. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This photo shows a test of the mortar system that will be used on Feb. 18th, 2021, to deploy the parachute for NASA's Perseverance rover. The test took place in November 2019 at a facility in central Washington. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This photo shows a test of the mortar system that will be used on Feb. 18th, 2021, to deploy the parachute for NASA’s Perseverance rover. The test took place in November 2019 at a facility in central Washington. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

In this June 2017 photo, the supersonic parachute design that will land NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, undergoes testing in a wind tunnel at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ames)
This photo shows the deployment of the Perseverance rover’s remote sensing mast during a cold test in a space simulation chamber at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The test took place in October 2019. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)