NASA tests Crucial Heat Shield Technology for Future Mars Mission

future marsNASA’s solution for helping a manned mission to Mars return safely to Earth looks like a giant inflatable donut, and it will serve as a crucial piece of technology helping to slow down a spacecraft as it enters the Martian atmosphere.

The ability to slow down a spacecraft after it has been traveling at a high velocity required for a long-haul mission will help protect it from the heat of atmospheric entry and provide a softer landing, according to NASA.

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