NASA to test ‘flying saucer’ landing craft for future Mars missions

June 4, 2014 6:40 AM

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NASA to test ‘flying saucer’ landing craft for future Mars missions

Known as the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), the craft will gather data about landing heavy payloads on Mars and other planetary surfaces.

The design of the craft being more familiar to science fiction fans, the LDSD is hoping to investigate how the astronauts of the future will be able to travel to the red planet and beyond as they will require much larger payloads and pieces of equipment if they are to spend years in space for prolon...

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