Science Inflatable heat shield could be used to land humans on Mars, NASA says

After its successful test launch of the Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment 3, NASA says that this technology could be used to land humans on Mars.

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NASA successfully tested an inflatable heat shield prototype Monday (July 23), a technology that could one day be used for future space exploration missions, including landing humans on Mars, its builders say.