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Before the Drop
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Before the Drop

July 7, 2014
Engineers ready the saucer-shaped Supersonic Decelerator designed to test interplanetary landing devices. The vehicle will hang on the tower seen here in preparation for launch at U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The saucer, which is part of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, will test two devices for landing heavy payloads on Mars, an inflatable tube and an enormous parachute. The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project is managed by JPL for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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