NASA to conduct Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

June 11, 2014 1:11 PM

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NASA to conduct Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

NASA is getting ready to launch a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.

For decades, NASA has depended on the same parachute design to slow spacecraft after they enter the Martian atmosphere. But it needs a larger and stronger parachute if it wants to land heavier objects and astronauts.

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