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NASA's 'flying saucer' tests new Mars-landing technology

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NASA sent a saucer-like vehicle high into the sky to test technology for a future Mars landing, but its parachute tangled when deployed and the spacecraft splashed into the Pacific Ocean. 

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator in the Missile Assembly Building at the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua'i, Hawaii on June 3, 2014

The test began when the US space agency attached its "Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator" vehicle to a helium balloon the size of a football field, the largest ever deployed, at a military base on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The balloon carried the saucer high into the sky starting at 1840 GMT.

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