PIA18450: Launch Tower for LDSD
Target Name: Earth
Mission: Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD)
Product Size: 3264 x 2448 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This image shows the tower from which the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will hang before a balloon lifts it to high altitudes. The rocket-powered test vehicle will reach near-space heights before testing landing technologies for future Mars missions. The test will occur at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project is managed by JPL for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.

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