This image shows the tower from which the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will hang before a balloon lifts it to high altitudes.
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Launch Tower for LDSD

This image shows the tower from which the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will hang before a balloon lifts it to high altitudes. The rocket-powered test vehicle will reach near-space heights before testing landing technologies for future Mars missions. The test will occur at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project is managed by JPL for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.

Image details

ID#:
PIA18450

Date added:
2014-06-04

Target:
Earth

Mission:
Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech