NASA Tests LDSD 'Flying Saucer'

The space agency practiced landing the low-density supersonic decelerator in Hawaii as preparation for the eventual mission to Mars.
1:51 | 06/29/14

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Scientists at nasa playing with a flying saucer. It's to test out the equipment that may one day help us get to Mars. The testing was in Hawaii. We coulden send you there? No. I'll give you three letters. U-f-o. You may have seen one if you were anywhere near Hawaii. We can enjoy the mystery of it all. The dare devil scientists at nasa's jet propulsion laboratory are that it again. You have to be a little crazy sometimes to do crazy things. Reporter: A team of scientists took the latest cutting edge spacecraft for a test drive on Saturday. You want to go to Mars, you want to go big? You have to test big here. Reporter: It's called the ldsd. If you ask the internet, the new ride to the red planet looks suspiciously familiar. Even the brainiac rebels of the jet propulsion laboratory acknowledged the ldsd borrows more than just a little from Hollywood's favorite unidentified flying object. What kels you expect from in the team whose seven minutes of terror Mars rover landing was infamously fronted by a former Elvis look-a-like and a moha mohawk-sporting mission commander. We're safe on Mars. Reporter: It takes us one step chooser to a mission to Mars. I loved the car noons the piece. A ufo hearkens that kind of thing. Like a '50s photo. Back to bill Kelly from our

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