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.

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.

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