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How can NASA put a two-story building on Mars? Its very own flying saucer. (+video)

NASA's LDSD project aims to develop the capacity to land larger payloads on Mars, perhaps even humans. But first, NASA needs a way to decelerate capsules traveling at supersonic speeds.

By Daniel B. Wood, Staff writer | April 10, 2014
CSMonitor

PASADENA, CALIF. - The Jet Propulsion Laboratory here – one of NASA’S leading research and development centers – gave journalists a peek at the future Wednesday. Get out your notebooks and scratch out the words, “flying saucer” and put in, “Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator” (LDSD).

That’s what they’re calling the new, rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle they will be propelling into near-space this June from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The purpose: to investigate how to land on Mars with bigger payloads.

NASA's LDSD aims to to slow down the descent of a large payload at supersonic speeds through the thin atmosphere of a planet like Mars by creating atmospheric drag.

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What a waste of tax payer (printed) money

If everything here was right, this countries finances were in order and there was a viable economic or humanitarian reason for this, then maybe. There are so many other projects that are much more important than going to another planet IMHO.

I am of great concern that

I am of great concern that this is nothing more than a Mormon conspiracy. LDSD, seriously? It's more likely LDS-D or LDS Disc; their way of concealing the truth in plain sight. So now NASA is working at the behest of the Mormon church to spread the message, aye? Mitt Romney and his magical underwear are behind this, I know it.

/sarcasm

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Flying saucer bump

Thanks E!

He's the man.

Michael, We DPers Could Begin A Flying Saucer Building Project

We could fly away like the Federation Star Ship Enterprise - 'To boldly go where no libertarians have gone before...'

We could explore strange new worlds - We could live in peace and in harmony with other races, promising never to interfere in their internal affairs. ~(The Prime Directive)