Saturday, June 28, 2014

LIVE: NASA 'Flying Saucer' Test Launch in 3, 2, 1...

NASA will launch a saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars. An inflatable decelerator and a parachute will be tested at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range today. 

Broadcast live streaming video. Launch window opens at 8:15 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time (USA: 11:15 a.m. PDT/2:15 p.m. EDT) (Europe: 19:15 GMT, 20:15 CEST).

High winds over Hawaiin delayed the launch of a NASA saucer-shaped Mars landing test vehicle until tonight. The space agency was forced to scrub six launch attempts over the past two weeks — the latest and last planned for this Saturday (June 28) — as a result of unusually poor wind conditions at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range facility in Kauai, Hawaii.