NASA prepares to test supersonic spacecraft for Mars mission

NASA announced Wednesday that it will perform a second test launch of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) spacecraft, on Tuesday, June 2, from the the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.

The LDSD mission, led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is part of NASA’s ongoing preparation to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars by 2030.

“They’ll need to haul sizeable payloads to accommodate long stays on the Martian surface, and must fly back and forth more quickly to minimize human exposure to space radiation,” Kim Newton wrote in a blog post for NASA. “That means finding new ways to slow down when our spacecraft reach their destinations, effectively countering those faster flights and payloads of greater mass.” READ MORE.