NASA Morpheus prototype paves way for manned Mars missions

The Morpheus vehicle is being used to help create a planetary lander for future manned space missions, like Mars.

Engineers ran the two-minute test Wednesday night at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

HOUSTON, TEXAS (NASA/CNN) – It’s up, up and away for NASA’s Morpheus prototype, after undergoing a successful test launch and soft landing.

Engineers ran the two-minute test Wednesday night at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Morpheus vehicle is being used to help create a planetary lander for future manned space missions, like Mars.

It’s designed to take off like a rocket and gently land vertically, like a helicopter.

If the craft looks familiar, it’s because NASA used a similar, though much less advanced, lander for moon missions.

You can read full details on the project at NASA's WEBSITE.


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