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US Space research agency, NASA's next Mars mission is all ready to take-off in 2018. The mission called, 'InSight' justifying its name, will focus on examining the deep interiors of the red planet.
InSight, when expanded, means Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. Information gathered by the mission will contribute to the know-how regarding the formation of rocky planets including Earth.
The Space Agency announced their plan of action on August 28. With the target landing on Mars set after October 2018, the mission will most probably launch around May 8, 2018 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Bruce Banerdt, InSight's principal investigator of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA said, "Because the interior of Mars has churned much less than Earth's in the past three billion years, Mars likely preserves evidence about rocky planets' infancy better than our home planet does."
InSight adds to NASA's robotic exploration of Mars for Human transportation in the 2030s. According to NASA, a stationary lander spanning about 6 metres will be placed near Mar's equator along with two solar panels that could unfold.
InSight is the first mission to explore the interior of the Mars. Robotic arms will be used to place two main instruments on Mars directly and permanently within few weeks of landing. The mission was earlier scheduled to be launched in March 2016. Due to a vacuum leak in the
The mission was earlier scheduled to be launched in March 2016. Due to a vacuum leak in the lander's prime science instrument, the preparations were postponed until December.