|Image Courtesy of NASA|
In the meantime, NASA also tested its UFO for Mars. In other words, they took their Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator up to 120,000 feet via balloon and let her go. The large disk decelerator wrapped around the body of the craft appears to have done its job up there where the atmosphere is Mars-like. There will be a total of three tests before the system gets a trip to Mars (should all go well).
Things just keep getting more interesting in spaceflight.
For more on manned spaceflight, see the regularly updated post: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2010/03/progress-in-manned-space-flight.html
For more on the LSDS, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2014/06/ldsd-great-shakeout-test-for-mars-nasa.html