NASA to test flying-saucer-like device for Mars landings

June 3, 2014 9:42 PM

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NASA to test flying-saucer-like device for Mars landings

There won't be any little green men. But there really will be a flying saucer hurtling through the skies above Hawaii any day now.

As early as Thursday, NASA plans to send a giant, Frisbee-shaped aerial vehicle high into the stratosphere. It may seem straight out of a B-movie, but the space agency says the launch has a serious purpose: to test technology that will help land spacecraft and someday humans on Mars.

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