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Delayed Mars probe is set for launch in 2018

By T.K. Randall
September 7, 2016 · Comment icon 6 comments

An artist's impression of InSight deploying its instruments on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL
NASA's InSight Mars lander mission will now be launching in Spring 2018 following an unexpected delay.
Originally scheduled for launch in March 2016, the InSight lander, which stands for 'Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport', is part of the space agency's ongoing efforts to learn as much as possible about the Red Planet.

Its instruments include a seismometer to measure quakes and tremors and a small probe-like device that will drill in to the ground to detect how much heat is coming from the planet's core.
The mission's ultimate goal will be to help scientists understand how Mars and the other rocky terrestrial planets in our solar system originally formed more than four billion years ago.

The probe had been due to launch earlier this year but due to a persistent vacuum failure in one of its scientific instruments this ended up being delayed and is now scheduled for May 2018 instead.

"Our robotic scientific explorers such as InSight are paving the way toward an ambitious journey to send humans to the Red Planet," said NASA's Geoff Yoder.

Source: Tech Times | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
The delays are unfortunate, but waiting for it to be right will hopefully be worth it.  The hard part will be to Gremlin-proof the probe.  Sounds like they are having free reign right now.
Comment icon #2 Posted by coolguy 8 years ago
Why are they wasteing all this money to go to mars people Will never step foot on that planet its all sciene fiction , they cant even go back to the moon and there wanna go to mars,
Comment icon #3 Posted by qxcontinuum 8 years ago
meh it is just propaganda. There is no real interest for that dead planet. Must be that the tons of money are pumped in somethink else.
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 8 years ago
There will come an extinction event to this planet as there has before. If we have a remnant of our civilization established on another planet, such as Mars, then we have insured our species will survive and perhaps flourish in ways we have yet to realize. This wonderful ability to go forth, persevere and adapt is the essence of what makes us humans.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Zalmoxis 8 years ago
We could use as many Mars rovers as we can get. Mars is the new frontier.
Comment icon #6 Posted by toast 8 years ago
Of course we can.

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