FLYING SAUCER A SUCCESS; SORT OF

Jun 29, 2014

By Bob Sheppard

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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.

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