Mars Insight Lander is a NASA Mars mission. InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. The spacecraft is part of the NASA Discovery Program and maybe launch in 2018.
The aim of the mission is:
- To understand the evolutionary formation of rocky planets (including Planet Earth) by studying the interior structure and processes of Planet Mars.
- To analyse the dynamics of Martian tectonic activity and meteorite impacts and see if they have any relation to such phenomena on Earth.
The InSight mission is similar in design to the Phoenix Mars lander used successfully in 2007 to study ground ice near the north pole of Mars.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California manages InSight for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, managed by the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
* Just two weeks after landing its Curiosity rover on Mars, NASA announced it will send another robot to the planet in March 2016.
* The spacecraft had been on track to launch in March 2016 until a vacuum leak in its prime science instrument prompted NASA in December 2015 to suspend preparations for launch.
NASA and CNES (France’s space agency) redesigned the science instrument with a new launch window that began on 5 May, 2018 with a Mars landing scheduled for 26 November, 2018.
NASA’s JPL is redesigning, building and conducting qualifications of the new vacuum enclosure for the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), the component that failed in December 2015.
Did you know?
The previous USA mission was the Mars Science Laboratory aka Curiosity.
Mars: The Inside Story of the Red Planet by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest
Mars InSight Links
- Aerojet Tests Engine Design for New Mars Rover:
- NASA Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission:
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