NASA Sets Mars Launch Mission Date For May 2018

Posted: Mar 10 2016, 4:09am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

NASA Sets Mars Launch Mission Date for May 2018
NASA has set a new launch opportunity, beginning May 5, 2018, for the InSight mission to Mars. This artist's concept depicts the InSight lander on Mars after the lander's robotic arm has deployed a seismometer and a heat probe directly onto the ground. InSight is the first mission dedicated to investigating the deep interior of Mars. The findings will advance understanding of how all rocky planets, including Earth, formed and evolved. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltec
  • NASA sets Mars InSight Launch Mission Date for the Month of May 2018

NASA has set its Mars launch mission date for the month of May 2018. This will be a probe which will measure various geological and atmospheric conditions on the surface of the Red Planet.

NASA’s InSight Mission is ready to study the interior conditions of Mars. On May 5th, 2018, a Mars mission will launch from earth. The spaceship will reach the Red Planet by November 26th, 2018.

The basic goal of the InSight Mission will be to find out indirectly from the Martian atmosphere and geology how rocky terrains like the one found on earth evolved in the first place.

While the spacecraft was ready to launch this month, a leak in one of its components caused a delay. A 2018 launch has been proposed for now.

InSight has worthy goals and both NASA and CNES (the French space agency) want to redesign the launch mission in accordance with a 2018 takeoff plan.

The quest is one in which the interior conditions of Mars will be explored thoroughly. A redesigning, rebuilding and rehaul of the component that had failed will take place willy-nilly.

“The science goals of InSight are compelling, and the NASA and CNES plans to overcome the technical challenges are sound," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

"The quest to understand the interior of Mars has been a longstanding goal of planetary scientists for decades. We’re excited to be back on the path for a launch, now in 2018.”

Instrumental integration and tests will be carried out to ensure quality control. NASA and CNES will collaborate on this one and the strengths of both agencies will meld in order to benefit the space travel mission plan.

The next half a year is crucial in the upkeep and maintenance of the mission spacecraft. There are of course certain financial disadvantages to the two year delay that has occurred.

There will be a seismometer on board the spacecraft as well and it will be very sensitive to any vibrations on the surface of Mars.

"The shared and renewed commitment to this mission continues our collaboration to find clues in the heart of Mars about the early evolution of our solar system," said Marc Pircher, director of CNES's Toulouse Space Centre.

NASA InSight mission’s international science team includes researchers from Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

A lot of space agencies cooperated in the making of the InSight Mission spacecraft. The mission is designed to find out all the natural processes that take place at the heart of Mars.

Among the plans that NASA has up its sleeves are the sending of human beings to Mars. Until now though robotic spacecraft are the mainstay of the space agency. The biggest question before astrophyicists is how Mars became a barren world in the first place.

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