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What Lies Beneath? NASA’s Next Mission To Mars Will Probe Red Planet’s Deep Interior

What lies beneath the surface on Mars? NASA’s next Mars mission aims to find out. The InSight project, NASA’s first mission to study the Red Planet’s deep interior, is on track for a 2018 liftoff after needing to be delayed two years due to a technical issue. Scientists hope that it will help explain the formation of rocky planets, including our own. InSight is expected to launch sometime in the five weeks following May 8, 2018, with a course charted for its arrival shortly after Thanksgiving. Lockheed Martin Space Systems has constructed the mission’s spacecraft — a stationary lander that will be positioned near the Martian equator — and is currently testing it at a facility near Denver. (READ MORE)


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