Here's When NASA's Going Back to Mars

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 - 8:06PM
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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 - 8:06PM
Here's When NASA's Going Back to Mars
It's been a long time coming, and now we finally know when NASA is headed back to Mars for a new mission. 

NASA's InSight lander was originally supposed to launch this past March to begin its mission of finding out what makes the inside of the red planet tick, but its launch was delayed indefinitely due to a leak in one of its instruments. Thankfully, NASA has now given word that confirms the new launch date for the InSight will be in May of 2018. The lander is expected to take about seven months to reach its destination, meaning we can expect it to touch down on Mars in November of 2018.

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InSight, which is actually an acronym for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport, will drill 16 feet into the Martian surface after landing, where it will be able to take temperature readings and other data, with aim being to learn more about how the planet evolved. Here's what NASA's Geoff Yoder had to say about the exciting upcoming mission: 
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"It's gratifying that we are moving forward with this important mission to help us better understand the origins of Mars and all the rocky planets, including Earth."
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This is certainly great news for NASA fans, and for those who wish to learn more about our closest neighbor (well, besides Venus). And while we still aren't quite ready to start sending people to Mars just yet, learning more about the planet definitely seems like a step in that direction. 

Via: IFLScience.
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