NASA Sending Experimental Saucer Into Earth’s Atmosphere Above Kauai

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CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— This time it’s not a hoax. Folks in Hawaii should see a flying saucer in the skies above Kauai Thursday morning. It’s a NASA project meant to eventually help land heavy objects on Mars. Up until now parachutes have been used.

NASA needs a little cooperation from Mother Nature as it prepares to launch the saucer-shaped vehicle into Earth’s atmosphere.

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“NASA knows that if we’re ever going to send people to Mars (that’s like their big goal) they’re going to have to land big things, basically the equivalent of a space house on the Martian surface. Parachutes just really won’t do the trick to land those big heavy things,” said Tariq Malik, managing editor of Space.com.

Malik said this saucer is not tea-cup size…

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