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NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project was the focus of a November 5 “What’s New in Aerospace?” discussion at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, featuring Principal Investigator Ian Clark from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. LDSD is testing cross-cutting technologies to safely land heavier payloads on Mars and other planets with atmospheres. The successful flight in late June of its rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in Kauai, Hawaii was the first of three planned for the LDSD project.