Flying saucers might not be science fiction anymore.
NASA is planning to test launch a spacecraft that looks just like a flying saucer. It's designed to fly through the Martian atmosphere for a possible trip to Mars in the future.
"So, if we want to put bigger things on Mars," said Mark Adler with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, "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're going to need to be able to do that."
The ship, called the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, part of NASA's Evolvable Mars Campaign. The aim is to get to an altitude and speed that simulates the environment our vehicles would experience when flying in the Martian atmosphere.
NASA plans to launch the flying saucer from Hawaii as early as this Thursday.