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TechnologyNew lander will add to humans' long fascination with Mars

15:40  24 november  2018
15:40  24 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

NASA likens Mars InSight lander parking spot to kale salad

NASA likens Mars InSight lander parking spot to kale salad Don't judge a Mars mission by its landscape.

A human mission to Mars has been the subject of science fiction, aerospace engineering, and scientific proposals since the 19th century. The plans comprise proposals to land on Mars

Sending humans to Mars – at least any time in the next few decades – would be a costly mistake. Instead, we need to use our limited resources to return to the moon and NASA’s InSight lander will take six months to get to Mars . Every mile in space adds to the risk and increases the odds of failure.

New lander will add to humans' long fascination with Mars © The Associated Press FILE - This image made available by NASA shows the planet Mars. This composite photo was created from over 100 images of Mars taken by Viking Orbiters in the 1970s. In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow on Monday, Nov. 26 with the arrival of a NASA lander named InSight. (NASA via AP, File)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In our solar system family, Mars is Earth's next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia.

The attraction is sure to grow with Monday's arrival of a NASA lander named InSight.

InSight should provide our best look yet at Mars' deep interior. The probe is equipped with a mechanical mole to tunnel underground to measure internal heat. It also has a seismometer to register quakes, meteorite strikes and anything else that might start the red planet shaking.

Scientists consider Mars a tantalizing time capsule because it retains much of its early history. By studying the preserved heart of Mars, InSight could teach us how our solar system's rocky planets formed 4 1/2 billion years ago and why they turned out so different.

Mars InSight deploys French-made quake sensor on Red Planet.
The US space agency's unmanned Mars Insight lander, which touched down on the Red Planet last month, has successfully deployed its key, quake-sensing instrument on the alien world's surface, NASA said Thursday. The seismometer, known as the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS, was made by the French space agency, CNES. "Seismometer deployment is as important as landing InSight on Mars," said InSight principal investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives.

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