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Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech - A saucer-shaped test vehicle designed to hold equipment for landing large payloads on Mars set to launch in June

NASA prepares to launch saucer-shaped aircraft

It looks like some alien flying saucer, but it did not come from outer space. NASA’s saucer-shaped test vehicle is the creation of experts at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in nearby La Cañada Flintridge. Scientists hope it will lead to future missions on Mars involving human exploration. The aircraft is called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. It’s designed for a number of functions including  “… the delivery of the supplies and materials needed for long-duration missions to the Red Planet.” Final assembly of the rocket-powered vehicle has just been completed at the ... Read More →

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