NASA's Morpheus Project is designed to serve as a vertical testbed (VTB) for advanced spacecraft technologies, which is likely to be a cost-effective integrated flight system. On Wednesday, the space agency conducted a test run of the prototype.
On Friday, NASA released imagery from Morpheus' test run on Wednesday night. Officials say that the prototype planetary lander is capable of landing unmanned spacecraft on harsh planetary terrain in the dark. The test run was conducted at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.