The LDSD test vehicle being fished from the Pacific Ocean by the Kahana recovery vessel (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA infographic displaying the timeline of the June 28th test (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
The LDSD test vehicle arriving at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
The LDSD atmospheric decelerator being prepared for its inaugural test flight (Photo:NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA has successfully carried out the first of three airborne tests for its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), a saucer shaped test vehicle which will one day be used to slow down scientific payloads entering the atmosphere of Mars. This new system of atmospheric deceleration will allow the agency to contemplate heavier, more ambitious endeavors, building towards a manned mission to the red planet.
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