NASA tries again to test flying saucer

Craft could hold key to future human mission to Mars

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NASA will try one more time on Monday to test a low-density supersonic decelerator, or a flying saucer, in Hawaii.

The launch was postponed a few times last week. The test flight was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but mission managers were forced to postpone the launch twice due to unfavorable ocean conditions.

So far, NASA said, the waves have been too high for crew members to safely recover the craft after it splashes down into the sea.

NASA tweeted out a photo Sunday night, saying "our saucer-shaped LDSD Mars Lander Test Vehicle is a go for launch."

NASA said the saucer could eventually help them land heavy equipment and maybe even humans on Mars.

The launch attempt is set for 1:30 p.m. ET.