From USA TODAY
NASA tests ‘flying saucer’
After several weather delays, NASA successfully launched and recovered a “flying saucer” into Earth’s atmosphere Saturday to test technology that could be used to land on Mars. The experiment off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai tested the disc-shaped vehicle and a giant parachute. The parachute did not fully deploy but NASA still deemed the mission a success. Saturday afternoon, the ‘flying saucer’ splashed down in Pacific. . The test at the Kauai military range had been postponed several times since June 2 because of winds. It may seem straight out of a B-movie, but the space agency says the launch had a serious purpose: to test technology that will help land spacecraft and someday humans on Mars.
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This is waaaaaaay too cool. We’re on our way to “The Jetsons” travel. Awesome!!!