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NASA: Test of New Mars Landing Craft a Success

U.S. space officials are declaring the test flight of a new Mars landing craft a success even if a parachute failed to open fully. NASA hopes to use the new vehicle in a future manned mission to the red planet. A helium balloon and motor Saturday carried the huge saucer-shaped craft from the launch pad in Hawaii to more than 36,000 meters over the Pacific, where the atmosphere is as thin as that over Mars. But the 34-meter-wide parachute that was supposed to guide the craft to an...

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