In an effort to design spacecraft tailored for missions to Mars, scientists at NASA are taking a page right out of your run-of-the-mill science fiction novel: The space agency is preparing to test a flying saucer.
Technically, NASAâ€™s new toy is called the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), and scientists plan to test-drive the craft ThursdayÂ in Hawaii. (Other potential launch dates include June 7, 9, 11, and 14.) The LDSD will collect data about landing heavy payloads on Mars and
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