Mars 'flying saucer' splashes back to Earth

Multi-million dollar experimental flight is testing new technology for future NASA missions to the Red Planet.

    A NASA helium balloon carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle into the Earth's atmosphere has successfully landed in the Pacific Ocean.

    The $150 million experimental flight is testing technology for future Mars missions.

    NASA plans three more similar tests over the next year, and hopes to have the technology ready for a rover mission planned for 2020.

    Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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