Watch live as NASA tests its supersonic ‘flying saucer’ craft

June 28, 2014 4:19 PM

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To land a spacecraft on Mars, NASA needs to test a bunch of tech here on Earth. That’s why the space agency plans to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle into the sky at 11:15 AM pacific time today.

After several delays, NASA says it will finally test its “Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator” (LDSD) vehicle today. The craft contains several technologies key to landing large payloads on Mars, which has an atmosphere 99% thinner than Earth’s — making it difficult to land a spacecraft gently on the...

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