NASA's Flying Saucer Tests Landing Technologies For Future Martian Missions

June 30, 2014 4:22 AM

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After several test delays, NASA successfully launched and recovered Saturday a flying saucer sent to the Earth's stratosphere to test prototype landing technologies that may be useful for future martian missions. Despite its chute failing to fully deploy, NASA declared the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator's maiden flight a success.

According to the space agency, the saucer-shaped spacecraft ascended to 120,000 feet over the Pacific from the US Navy's facility in Kauai, Hawaii, dangling from a helium balloon the size of a football stadium.

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