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NASA Suspends 2016 Launch of InSight Mission to Mars

After thorough examination, NASA managers have decided to suspend the planned March 2016 launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission. The decision follows unsuccessful attempts to repair a leak in a section of the prime instrument in the science payload.
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Send Your Name to Mars on NASA's Next Red Planet Mission

Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA's journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA's InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year.
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Listening to meteorites hitting Mars will tell us what's inside

NASA's InSight lander is headed to Mars next year, equipped with seismometers that can detect tremors but not pinpoint their source. On Earth, three or more seismometers are needed to determine exactly where a quake is.
So Nick Teanby at the University of Bristol, UK, and his colleagues suggest looking for seismic waves caused by meteorites.

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Single Site on Mars Advanced for 2016 NASA Lander

The landing-site selection process evaluated four candidate locations selected in 2014. The quartet is within the flat-lying "Elysium Planitia," less than five degrees north of the equator, and all four appear safe for InSight's landing. The single site will continue to be analysed in coming months for final selection later this year. If unexpected problems with this site are found, one of the others would be imaged and could be selected. The favoured site is centred at about four degrees north latitude and 136 degrees east longitude.
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Another Mars mission: has Nasa made the wrong choice?

As it stands, Nasa has no further plans to explore the outer solar system once New Horizons and Juno are complete.
Announcing InSight, John Grunsfeld, Nasa's associate administrator for Science, said it showed the best chance of keeping within budget and on schedule, which is similar to the logic used to fund the Mars MAVEN mission. While admirable in one respect, this raises the question of whether Nasa now see Mars as an "easy option".

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New NASA Mission to Take First Look Deep Inside Mars

NASA has selected a new mission, set to launch in 2016, that will take the first look into the deep interior of Mars to see why the Red Planet evolved so differently from Earth as one of our solar system's rocky planets.
The new mission, named InSight, will place instruments on the Martian surface to investigate whether the core of Mars is solid or liquid like Earth's and why Mars' crust is not divided into tectonic plates that drift like Earth's. Detailed knowledge of the interior of Mars in comparison to Earth will help scientists understand better how terrestrial planets form and evolve.

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Proposed Mars Mission Has New Name

A proposed Discovery mission concept led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to investigate the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets by studying the deep interior of Mars now has a new name, InSight.
InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport and is a partnership involving JPL, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, the French Space Agency (CNES), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and other NASA centres. The previous name for the proposal was GEMS (GEophysical Monitoring Station). NASA requested that name be reserved for an astrophysics mission known as the Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer, which was already in development.

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