Watch NASA's Flying Saucer Test Flight Live, Right Here, Right Now

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NASA is about to send this sci-fi flying pie into the far reaches of Earth's atmosphere, then watch it fall back to earth. The testing starts at 2:15 PM EST, and we've got a live feed for you right here after the jump.

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This crazy contraption is the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, a parachute-like landing vehicle meant to gently drop equipment (and maybe someday humans?) on the surface of Mars. Today's test will have the LDSD strapped to a huge weather balloon, which will float to the bare edge of our atmosphere, then drop the flying saucer on a (hopefully!) controlled descent back down over Hawaii and into the ocean.


Our pals over at io9 have a closer look at this wonderfully wacky-looking vehicle. Go check it out!


Top image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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