NASA’s flying saucer: Mars Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test (VIDEO).

NASA Is Testing Real-Life Flying Saucers—for Earthlings to Land on Mars (Video)

NASA Is Testing Real-Life Flying Saucers—for Earthlings to Land on Mars (Video)

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April 2 2015 7:06 AM

NASA’s Flying Saucers

The curious landing system the agency is testing for use on Mars.

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One of NASA’s biggest hurdles to landing large payloads on the red planet is Mars’ thin atmosphere. The space agency may have come up with a novel way to get around the problem.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.