NASA testing new Mars lander for 2016 landing
Washington: In March 2016, NASA will send a unique Mars lander to explore the Red Planet’s deep interior to find clues about how all rocky planets, including the Earth, formed and evolved. The lander called InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is about the size of a car and will be the first mission devoted to understand the interior structure of the Red Planet. The current testing will help in ensuring that InSight can operate and survive in deep space travel and the harsh conditions of the Martian surface. The spacecraft will lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and land on Mars about six months later, the US space agency said .