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Tuesday, August 14, 2001



Mars Glider

Mars Glider.
Mars Glider.
Credit: NASA
NASA conducted a test flight for a prototype of an airplane that will soon be flown over the surface of Mars. The glider soared down from over 100,000 feet for a "great flight" that "realized all of our test objectives." The remote-controlled glider is 8 feet wide and on Mars will carry sophisticated instruments to search for signs of liquid water. Cameras would photograph the surface from an elevation lower than ever before with amazing clarity. The mission pays tribute to the Wright brothers famous first flight on December 17, 1903 and is scheduled to take place exactly 100 years later.

(More info: MSNBC)


- posted by Alex @ 18:59 EST