NASA testing new Mars lan­der for 2016 land­ing

Asian Journal - - World -

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 .

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