NASA Morpheus lander takes test flight at Kennedy Space Center

Published On: Jan 16 2014 11:39:52 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 01:26:44 PM EST

Florida Today/ NASA

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -

NASA’s Morpheus lander took its third test flight at Kennedy Space Center.

[Scroll below to watch test flight live]

The prototype lander, developed by the Johnson Space Center, lifted off from a pad at the north end of the former shuttle runway shortly after 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

Powered by liquid oxygen and liquid methane, the vehicle climbed to about 187 feet, flew forward about 154 feet and then descended to a pad in a hazard field constructed for future tests of autonomous landing sensors.

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