Watch NASA’s New Morpheus Moon Lander Crash and Burn

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Curiosity might be a roaring success so far, completing what must be the most complex remote landing procedure ever conceived, but not everything's going quite so swimmingly at NASA. Watch the first free flight test of the new "eco-friendly" moon lander that's designed to drop cars onto the Moon - it wasn't pretty.

This isn't the first time Morpheus has flown - NASA's had many successful tethered flight tests, but this was the first free flight test sans tether. It looks OK for a second, then over balances, smashing into the ground, catching fire and eventually exploding in a ball of hot metal shards.

Back to the drawing board it looks like guys; at least you put on an amazing, if incredibly costly, firework show for the rest of us. [YouTube via Gizmodo Au]

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Okay, first of all it CLEARLY crashed because she skipped "one" in the countdown! DUH!

Also, "Pam, call 9-1-1?" Do they seriously just hand this situation over to the local fire dept??