NASA's hovering lander looked beautiful at yesterday's test-launch

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NASA's Morpheus Lander hovers above the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at a free-flight test launch held yesterday afternoon. Hit the jump to see the photo (and video of the launch) in its full glory.

Illustration for article titled NASAs hovering lander looked beautiful at yesterdays test-launch

According the NASA, the vehicle carried out its pre-planned flight trajectory flawlessly, executing a 15-meter ascent, hovering, and executing a 7.5-meter lateral translation before landing within six-inches of its intended target. The 54-second test – which you can watch in the video below – is the first in a series of flights that NASA says "will increase in altitude, distance & speed over the next few months."

Morpheus may not have the hops of SpaceX's Grasshopper (at least not yet), but it's still plenty impressive; vertical takeoff/vertical landing vehicles could save private and government space projects boatloads of cash by making rockets reusable, and they're damn photogenic, to boot. That's what I call a win-win.

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ManuelBrown
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(*mumble* 2013 and we're still toying with freaking landers instead of landing on Mars. Some fucking future this turned out to be. I mean what futuristic shit we have now? "Xbox turn on Netflix" Oh yeah,that's so much better than a flying car or self-lacing Nikes. Man,fuck this Futu—SHH! They'll hear you! Just put on a happy face and say "Wow,that's so cool! What an age of wonder we live in")

Wow,that's so cool! What an age of wonders we live in!

(Hehe,they never suspected a thing. You still got it!)