Flying saucer takes off, but parachute snarls

Posted: June 29, 2014 at 3:33 a.m.

This image taken from video provided by NASA shows the launch of the high-altitude balloon carrying this saucer-shaped vehicle for NASA, Saturday June 28, 2014 in Kauai, Hawaii. Saturday's experimental flight high in Earth's atmosphere is testing technology that could be used to land on Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)

LOS ANGELES -- A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings rocketed high over the Pacific on Saturday and deployed a novel inflatable braking system, but its huge parachute failed to fully unfurl as it descended to a splashdown.

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