The US space agency, NASA is getting ready to launch a flying saucer into the Earth's atmosphere to test a technology that could be used for Mars landing.

Depending on weather conditions, a balloon carrying the saucer-shaped vehicle will launch from Hawaii. The vehicle will then ignite its rocket engine and climb to thirty-four miles. It will inflate a tube to slow itself down from supersonic speeds, and open out a parachute for a water landing. Engineers will analyze the data to determine if the test is successful. The test has been postponed several times because of winds. The new spacecraft needs a larger and stronger parachute than the ones used before.

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