This is NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, "a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle" designed to land huge payloads on Mars. So there—suck on that Martians, because after all these decades of sci-fi invasions, we are going to be the ones seizing your planet with our very own flying saucers.
What some are calling "the most effective tool ever designed for combating picky eaters" and "the most dangerous toy you could ever hand a child" (ok, just us), these adorable porcelain soup plates are detailed in platinum to look like retro UFOs when flipped over.
Whether aliens have visited Earth is still up for debate. Whether we're the aliens—either from the past or the future—remains to be settled. What cannot be denied is that flying saucers are real, and they've been real for more than half a century.
We introduced you some of the weirdest aircraft of the 20th century before, but now it's time to talk about Earth's fleets of flying saucers. Check out these vehicles and concepts that show how we've been building UFOs all along.
The government might still be keeping aliens from us, but they're no longer keeping this schematics of a supersonic flying saucer the Air Force was considering trying to build back in the 1950s. Meet Project 1794.
In a 1954 issue of Mechanix Illustrated, the magazine ran a wonderfully rosy piece titled "FLYING SAUCERS FOR EVERYBODY!" This short piece detailed how flying saucers would ameliorate arduous commutes in the far-out year of 1965.
The Fars News Agency—partially funded by the Iranian government—says that Iran has built a flying saucer called Zohal and used this image in the story. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Traditional conspiracy theorists would have you believe classified military UFO reports are all about flying saucers and little green men. Truth is, at least in Russia, the aliens had a penchant for aquatic locales—not space.
Click to viewScience fiction's influences are all around us - even in your office buildings. Architects have drawn inspiration from the Death Star, the Borg Cube, and other famous spaceships, and here's a gallery to prove it.
Click to view Small, autonomous "flying saucers" are going to become the next big thing in recon and surveillance on the battlefield — at least, if British firm GFS has anything to do with it. GFS (which stands, charmingly, for "Geoff's Flying Saucers") has prototyped its new model of flying saucer (pictured), called…
The patent shown is for an aircraft to be powered off the ground using a plasma technology. Subrata Roy, a University of Florida aerospace engineer, proposes the existing technique of passing a magnetic wave through a conducting fluid can produce a force strong enough to lift an aircraft off the ground. Granted, the…
No, this is not an early April Fool. Neither does it come with tiny green men inside, nor does it play synth music for the enjoyment of François Truffaut and Richard Dreyfuss. This is the GFS which, believe it or not, stands for Geoff's Flying Saucer, a floating mini-vessel that uses the Coanda effect to move in the…