Landing in the Dark: NASA Showcases Morpheus Prototype [VIDEO]

May 30, 2014 5:16 PM

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NASA ran successful free-flight and landing tests of the Morpheus prototype lander last night, showing that the new Hazard Detection System can enable automated systems to land wherever they want.

"Once this technology goes into service, the days of having to land 20 or 30 miles (32 to 48 km) from where you really want to land for fear of the hazardous craters and rocks will be over," engineer Erick Roback said in a NASA statement. "Then we can land near the truly interesting science and near...

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