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NASA’s flying saucer gets wet happy ending

NASA’s flying saucer gets wet happy ending

NASA's "flying saucer" has had a wet but happy landing, with the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) finally taking to the skies after several launch delays, and giving positive early signs for potential future Mars technologies. The Saturday flight took place in Hawaii, with the distinctive saucer-shaped craft being dropped 120,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean and then taking thirty minutes to descend into the waves.

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NASA’s Flying Saucer grounded again

NASA’s Flying Saucer grounded again

NASA's "flying saucer" won't be taking to the skies today. with the trials of the distinctive circular craft intended for Mars postponed over weather concerns. The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) - colloquially known as the Martian Flying Saucer - was to finally test the atmospheric braking systems NASA hopes will allow it to safely deploy larger payloads, including human settlers, to the red planet. However, the path to such testing has not gone smoothly.

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The Onion skewers NASA funding debacle

The Onion skewers NASA funding debacle

NASA's perpetual funding problems have been summed up satirically by The Onion, with the tongue-in-cheek article coming as the space agency renews its push to get more young people involved in STEM. Quoting made-up counsellors at NASA Space Camp, the satire news site plays on the constantly shrinking budget and how that has hamstrung projects and continues to dampen the possibility of things like manned missions to Mars.

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NASA plans oxygen alchemy for manned Mars mission

NASA plans oxygen alchemy for manned Mars mission

NASA's manned mission to Mars could take a MacGyver approach to the flight home, potentially relying on oxygen extracted from the red planet's own atmosphere to support crew both during the mission and on the return journey. Dubbed in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), the strategy could mean a very different approach to mission design, particularly when it comes to the planned 2020 robotic rover NASA intends to send to Mars.

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Curiosity Rover set to drill into Windjana sandstone on Mars

Curiosity Rover set to drill into Windjana sandstone on Mars

NASA has been drilling into the surface of Mars using tools on the Curiously Rover for a long time now. The goal is to determine the composition of rocks on the planet and to help determine if any water exists or existed on the planet while ultimately looking for signs of life on the red planet. So far, Curiosity has drilled into two other rocks and both of them have been mudstone.

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SlashGear 101: What is NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope?

SlashGear 101: What is NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope?

NASA's big news today is the first ever sighting of an Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone", but it's not the first time the Kepler Space Telescope has caught sight of a potentially intriguing distant rock. The space observatory has already cataloged almost 1,000 exoplanets spread across 76 different stellar systems, though Kepler-186f has the unique privilege of being the first "Earth cousin" spotted.

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