A new mission planned for 2016 will be the first to take a look at the deep interior of the Red Planet.
The dust from Curiosity's landing has barely settled but NASA is already planning to send another lander to Mars, this time equipped with instruments designed to dig down in to the soil and take measurements underground. Known as InSight, the new spacecraft will be set to determine whether the core of Mars is solid or liquid and why the crust is not divided up in to tectonic plates.
"The exploration of Mars is a top priority for NASA, and the selection of InSight ensures we will continue to unlock the mysteries of the Red Planet and lay the groundwork for a future human mission there," said NASA administrator Charles Bolden.
"NASA has selected a new mission, set to launch in 2016, that will take the first look into the deep interior of Mars to see why the Red Planet evolved so differently from Earth as one of our solar system's rocky planets."
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