WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WVEC) -- NASA launched a rocket from their Wallop's Island flight facility on Wednesday morning.

The 58-foot rocket took off just before 7 a.m., and is a test for a supersonic parachute system for future spacecraft bound for Mars. The system is built to withstand high speeds and thin atmosphere during a landing on the Red Planet.

The parachute test payload, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, is called the "Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment," Ir was launched on a Terrier-Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket.

They're testing the parachute in the low density of earth's upper atmosphere.

Delmarva Now contributed to this report