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NASA to conduct Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA is getting ready to launch a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.

For decades, NASA has depended on the same parachute design to slow spacecraft after they enter the Martian atmosphere. But it needs a larger and stronger parachute if it wants to land heavier objects and astronauts.

On Wednesday, weather permitting, a balloon carrying the saucer-shaped vehicle is set to launch from Hawaii. Then the vehicle will ignite its rocket engine and climb to 34 miles. It will inflate a tube to slow itself down from supersonic speeds and unfurl a parachute for a water landing.

Engineers will analyze the data to determine if the test was successful. The test has been postponed several times because of winds.

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speedtracer1 June 11 2014 at 8:33 AM

Really NASA???
Why not just use one of the secret aircraft's they already have. This test is nothing more than a way to stall the American people into thinking we are moving ahead in such things, however we already have crafts that are capable of interplanetary travel........this is actually 1960s technology. The government already has technology that they will not share with us about space travel. We are already leaps and bounds ahead of this.

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anhedonicjester speedtracer1 June 11 2014 at 10:23 AM

why would they hide that technology and spend the money on "fake" aircrafts? Also, how do you know this? (I'm genuinely asking, I don't understand the benefit of doing what you're suggesting. I'm not trying to be snarky)

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dgallenphd anhedonicjester June 11 2014 at 12:15 PM

Don't expect the "Why" question to always have a rational answer when it is becoming more and more obvious that irrational forces are controling much of what is seen and done for the purpose of deception and manipulation to keep us confused about what is really going on. This is done for the purpose of benefiting the few (with money and power) at the expense of the many. This is how unconscious irrational forces operate and the only solution to this problem, is to raise human consciousness to reveal what is REALLY happening and let the chips fall where they may - because these unconscious games of darkness cannot be played in the Light of consciousness. So we all need to dig deeper into what is really happening behind the scenes.

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jymwrite June 11 2014 at 10:15 AM

They haven't been using that for decades now? (LOL!)

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Tupalov144 June 11 2014 at 6:45 AM

The track record says Hawaii, will survive the landing .

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Scott June 11 2014 at 10:13 AM

..."Where they will test it FROM"? Come on AOL. Not only is it incorrect use of the language, you don't even need the "FROM"!

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Tuhloola11 Scott June 11 2014 at 11:48 AM

My, aren't you the literary genius, Scotty !!!!!

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Larry June 11 2014 at 10:31 AM

I'm going to alert my friends, who live on Oahu, to remove their pool cover.

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solarious June 11 2014 at 11:26 AM


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Daddy O June 11 2014 at 11:43 AM

When you give money to nasa you get something back

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Buckingham's June 11 2014 at 11:51 AM

Thanks for dishing on this new saucer test.

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gemininthehouse4 June 11 2014 at 12:56 PM

I wish I had a toy like that in back yard, but i am sure the FAA would tell me I can't fly it the way they are stopping others from using their personal Drones

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hey dick head June 11 2014 at 9:47 AM

military has tested a craft like this thousands of times quit wasting money that could actually save lives

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KINGBUCKWHEAT hey dick head June 11 2014 at 10:38 AM

Yea, Lets give dopey Obama more money to piss away on his wife and communist allies. This is a great thing to do, and it is long overdue. I support it 100%

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