"Regardless of the outcome, we know we will learn many important things about this technology," said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology.
NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, or LDSD, is a saucer-like prototype -- the type of vehicle astronauts could eventually use on a mission to Mars. The space agency plans to test the craft on Thursday.
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