Nasa launches helium balloon to test Mars landings

source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33058216

Nasa has launched a helium balloon to test possible landing systems for future flights to Mars.

The balloon took off from Hawaii carrying an experimental saucer-shaped weight.

Nasa wants to see whether this parachute can slow down the saucer when it is dropped – and whether this technology could be used for Mars landings.

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