NASA launches a “flying saucer” into space: it will be useful for future space missions (video)

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A new heat shield will go into space and with its help it will be possible to safely land the spacecraft on Mars.

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As early as November 1, scientists from NASA are going to test the performance of a new heat shield, which is designed to slow down spacecraft in the atmosphere and to heat them less during descent, writes the Daily Mail.

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As early as November 1 this year, NASA's new technological development will be sent aboard the Atlas V rocket. This is a heat shield that will protect spacecraft and other large vehicles from heat, and will also act as a retardant for rapid descent to the surface of any planet or satellite in the solar system. It can be used for both manned and unmanned missions. In particular, NASA has high hopes for this screen for use during the first crewed mission to Mars.

The screen will be delivered to low Earth orbit, where it will unfold to a size of 6 meters and descend to Earth. In this unfolded form, it will resemble a “flying saucer”, that is, the spacecraft of potential aliens, as it is often depicted. Once deployed, the screen will descend to Earth.

NASA launches

NASA launches

If the tests are successful, then NASA wants to start using this shield called LOFTID for descent of heavy loads to Earth, and in the future for a smoother descent of spacecraft and spacecraft with people to other planets.

As for flights to Mars, which should begin as early as the next decade, one of the problems for descent vehicles (and this will also apply to spacecraft with people) is the rarefied atmosphere of the planet. It is not as dense as on Earth, and therefore such missions need a special moderator. LOFTID should act as such a brake.

The NASA statement says that with the help of the new technology it will be possible to safely dive spacecraft into the atmosphere of not only Mars, but also Venus, as well as Saturn's moon Titan. At least we are talking about the next planned NASA missions.

As for Mars, Focus has already written about a new study that suggests that if life existed on the Red Planet, then very briefly. And local microorganisms did everything to destroy all life on the planet.

Focus also wrote that NASA finally confirmed the success of the mission, which was aimed at testing a new technology to protect the Earth from asteroids.