Bad weather delays flying saucer

2015-06-05 16:36
An artist’s rendition of Nasa’s spacecraft carrying Curiosity approaching Mars (top). Dr Jakop van Zyl (above). Curiosity will scan the surface of the planet. Picture: Reuters/NASA/JPL

An artist’s rendition of Nasa’s spacecraft carrying Curiosity approaching Mars (top). Dr Jakop van Zyl (above). Curiosity will scan the surface of the planet. Picture: Reuters/NASA/JPL

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Miami - The test launch of a Nasa flying saucer equipped with a supersonic parachute that may one day help spacecraft land on Mars was postponed again Friday due to bad weather.

The reason for the scrub was "unstable wind conditions near the surface that would prevent the launch," Nasa said, adding it would assess chances for the next possible launch, on Saturday.

If conditions improve, the test flight of the flying saucer, known as the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, will be broadcast live on Nasa's website beginning at 13:30  (17:30 GMT).

If not, the US space agency has until June 12 to try again. Should no dates in June work out, weather-wise, another launch window opens in July.

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