HOUSTON (NASA/CNN) – It’s up, up and away for NASA’s Morpheus prototype — 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 Morpheus project at NASA’s website.