New NASA Technology Could Pave the Way for Manned Mars Missions

August 9, 2014 1:14 PM

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Before NASA sends the first man to Mars, it must first ensure that all the technologies it will send to the red planet are functioning as planned – though as it is not feasible to test these technologies on the planet its self, NASA sent a test vehicle into space just above earth’s atmosphere in order to mimic the atmosphere that would be found upon the red planet.

Engineers have stated that the mission’s objectives were achieved – the vehicle flew at speeds of up to four times the speed of sound during it’s journey. ‘The vehicle did an amazing job of getting to the right speed and altitude.’ Said NASA’s principal investigator during a statement that released ...

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