NASA Flying Saucer Test That Could Lead the Way to Mars

NASA's cutting edge test flight of new technology to land a spacecraft safely.
1:33 | 06/30/14

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Transcript for NASA Flying Saucer Test That Could Lead the Way to Mars
Exploring Mars as a top priority for America's space agency. This weekend they tested a new technology to land space craft on its surface. That looks out of this world. Here's ABC's gio Benitez. Reporter: A ufo sighting in Hawaii. This is nasa's latest experiment. A balloon is pulling a flying saucer up to the edge of space to see if it will some day be ready for Mars. How ground breaking is this experiment? These are the steps we have to take here on Earth before we can send space craft and eventually humans to space. Reporter: Camera's followed that flying saucer until you could not see it anymore. Then a rocket takes over. We had to fire a rocket and take our vehicle up to four times the speed of sound. Reporter: At 180,000 feet a kevlar donut expands to slow it down. Simulating the atmosphere on Mars. On the way down, trouble. Just look. The parachute was tangled up. This weekend's test a success or a failure? It was an absolute success. The fact that we had an issue with the parachute is really secondary to us because we know that next summer we're going to go back and do that additional testing. Reporter: Next summer if you look up and see a ufo, it may be America's new frontier. Gio Benitez, ABC news, New York. To infinity and beyond. We will be watching. Our thanks to gio Benitez.

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