NASA Releases Amazing HD Footage Of ‘Flying Saucer’ Supersonic Near-Space Flight (VIDEO) – 9 August 2014

Still from YouTube video/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Still from YouTube video/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The US space agency released a spectacular video detailing the testing of an interplanetary landing system, which is designed to place more massive payloads on the surface of Mars, as it hurtled toward Earth.

In the cosmic quest to explore the surface of Mars, NASA is attempting to devise technologies that will allow it to deliver heavy payloads to the mysterious red planet. In June, NASA engineers, with the help of a massive balloon, lifted the 7,000-pound (3,175 kg) saucer-shaped test vehicle to an altitude of 190,000 feet (58 kilometers) before it was released.

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