Mississippi company had a part in mission to Mars Laurel Leader-Call

Workers who have stitched together parachutes for the military for decades are deeply woven into the country’s mission to Mars. It was from the work of this Marion County town that came the parachutes allowing for the safe landing of NASA’s Mars Spirit rover on Jan. 3. “If the parachute doesn’t work, there is no mission,” said Pioneer Aerospace Mars Exploration Rover program manager Al Witkowski.