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Mars 'flying saucer' undergoing tests in Hawaii

Mars 'flying saucer' undergoing tests in Hawaii

Updated 5 June 2014, 8:47 AEST

A flying saucer may well soon be visible in the skies over Hawaii.

American space agency NASA is preparing to launch a saucer-shaped test vehicle known as the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, or LDSD, off the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

It's a supersonic parachute that engineers are hoping is the right design to enable astronauts to land safely on Mars.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Mark Adler, project manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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