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NASA to test flying saucer in Hawaii

On April 9, NASA announced that a flying saucer will be seen in Hawaii during the summer of 2014. But this flying saucer belongs to NASA.

The LDSD test craft. (Credit: NASA/JPL)

The LDSD test craft. (Credit: NASA/JPL)

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project is designing and testing new technology to land large payloads on the surface of planetary bodies with atmospheres, like Mars. A test-flight of the rocket-powered, saucer-shaped spacecraft is scheduled to launch into near-space in June from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.

NASA describes, “The LDSD is one of several crosscutting technologies NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is developing to create the new knowledge and capabilities necessary to enable our future missions to an asteroid, Mars and beyond.” New Scientist explains that NASA’s inflatable technology is intended to help slow down space vehicles after entering the thin Martian atmosphere at supersonic speeds.

More information about the LDSD mission is at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/ldsd/

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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    Dear Jason,

    I am so disappointed that you are using your positive energy to use with the Hanger 1 series on History Channel. This is just another crappy program to make the ufo phenomenon look silly and promotes the anti-disclosure movement. I know it’s exciting to be on tv but History Channel is full of this kind of stupidification programming. You are much too smart and good looking to be on this lame ass show.

    KG

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