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This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions.

NASA’s saucer-shaped spacecraft is scheduled to lift off Monday from the west coast of Kauai island in Hawaii.

The launch was delayed from last week amid shifting winds that threatened to push the spacecraft off course. The flight plan begins with a massive, high-altitude balloon that will ferry the ‘flying saucer’ into the stratosphere.

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