Jun 29, 2014
By Bob Sheppard
There were mixed results for NASA’s flying saucer when it dropped into the Pacific Ocean on a test mission.
The saucer-shaped vehicle was launched from a balloon on Saturday at an altitude of more than 36 kilometres in an experiment to test if it could eventually deliver astronauts and heavier spacecraft on to Mars.
The 150-million dollar project tested both the vehicle and its giant parachute.
Although the parachute became entangled and did not deploy, NASA still considered the test a success.