ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Have you ever watched Falling Skies, Defiance, or Independence Day, and thought to yourself - "y'know what, this alien fighting stuff is great and all, but what I just can't buy is this - how did they get here?

For all you UFO skeptics out there, I have great news: Flying Saucers definitely exist - but that doesn't mean anyone has to believe they ever have before.

NASA, who are apparently now just making stuff because it's awesome, have released images of the first successful flight of the Flying Saucer that they've built.

Yes, you read - and saw - that right. They built a flying saucer, and it can fly.

And when I say fly, I mean really fly. None of that hovering a few feet above land nonsense:

That's it, in the top left there. The tiny speck with a huge vapor trail.

The best thing about all this? NASA has a very particular use in mind for the Saucer - better know to them as The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator: If it works, then it's going to Mars.

Now all they have to do is get the parachute to work. Y'know, that white thing dropping off in the picture above.

Which is fine when there's water to fall into, but not so much on Mars.

C'mon Supersonic Disk Sail Parachute. Get it together.

Ah, who am I kidding. It still in no way lessens the awesomeness of NASA right now. Now we just need to make sure they don't invent Tribbles.

[Falling Skies](series:755885) in no way involves NASA-made Flying Saucers, but it's surprisingly good anyway.


What do you guys think? Is this Flying Saucer a good idea?

via io9


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