It does look as though those flying saucers which have been rumored to be alien spacecraft actually exist, except that these do not happen to be extra-terrestrial spacecraft of any kind, but rather, the invention of man. How did we arrive at such a conclusion? Well, the folks over at NASA do seem to be working on a test launch of a spacecraft that shares a pretty close resemblance to that of a flying saucer. The whole idea behind this spacecraft is to enable it to fly through Martian atmosphere some time down the road.
Mark Adler, who happens to be with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, shared, “So, if we want to put bigger things on Mars. We want to extend our reach, not with just robots, but also with people and more into the Solar system, to go to Mars, this is one of the key, critical technologies that we are going to need to be able to do that.”
Known as the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD, this unique spacecraft happens to be part of a project that intends to simulate the flight of spacecraft that can reach an altitude and speed which will be similar to the environment that space vehicles encounter should it eventually end up in the Martian atmosphere one of these days. NASA engineers will control the so-called UFOs at mission control headquarters, where it will be carried to the stratosphere by a hot air balloon before being dropped from a height of 120,000 feet. In order to achieve its signature spin, a quartet of tiny rocket motors will come to life.