On June 28 off the coast of Hawaii, NASA did an experiment on a sau...

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Jul 24, 2014 21:41
On June 28 off the coast of Hawaii, NASA did an experiment on a saucer-shaped device for landing and exploring the Mars.
However, its parachute didn't open and the device plunged into the sea.

The experiment was a series of technical development plan in order to send a large probe vehicle and emigrants to the Mars.
The device called LDSD is being developed to help reduce speeds so that landing on the Mars is safer.
The LDSD was lifted off by a balloon from the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai.
When it reached an altitude of about 37 kilometers, it additionally went up at a speed four times as fast as the sound with a rocket motor.
After that, they succeeded in slowing down with an air cushion.
However, the 30-meter-diameter parachute didn't work.
―Japanese article―