NASA sent a flying saucer–shaped vehicle into the atmosphere to test new technology for landing future Mars spacecraft, BBC reports. The flight was intended to test a new type of parachute and an inflatable Kevlar ring, both intended to slow an object's descent. Though the parachute did not fully deploy, NASA is treating the flight as a success, intending to use the data to make improvements to the saucer's design. NASA hopes an improved version of the technology will allow them to get heavier objects safely to the martian surface.
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