NASA Successfully Tests LDSD Landing Craft

NASA Successfully Tests LDSD Landing Craft

NASA attempted to test their Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) last month, but the launch was called off last minute. After much anticipation, NASA completed the test over the weekend. The craft was carried high into the sky via a hot air balloon, then plummeted back to Earth to simulate a Martian landing. After splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii, a ship retrieved the flying saucer shaped vessel. This is the first of three tests that will be used to fine tune the spacecraft before it lands on Mars. The remaining two tests are scheduled for early 2015.

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