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We've put a rover on Mars, heck, we've got a few of them up there. What's the next step, before the inevitable invasion by humans? A helicopter obviously! Well, more specifically, drones that can help the poor ground-shackled rovers get a better idea of what lies ahead in their travels.

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This is NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, "a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle" designed to land huge payloads on Mars. So there — suck on that Martians, because after all these decades of sci-fi invasions, we are going to be the ones seizing your planet with our very own flying saucers.

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First NASA had to build it. Then the guys and girls at the Jet Propulsion Lab had to land it in seven minutes of terror. Then they had to move around and find habitable surroundings. Now, the next phase of the Curiosity Rover's mission is about to get underway, and NASA wants to explain it to you.