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Mission To Mars Approved

by Mushtak in 7JF

 A photo of Bagnold Dunes near Mount Sharp. Taken by the Curiosity Rover 2012.

First colour photo of Mars. Taken by the Viking 1 Rover 1976.


NASA officials has approved a Mission to Mars named InSight. InSight’s main job is to learn how rocky planets have evolved. Mars was chosen because it was less geologically active than Earth.

A photo of Bagnold Dunes near Mount Sharp. Taken by the Curiosity Rover 2012.

InSight's Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) will be produced by NASA. The Centre National d'Études Spatiales (French Space Agency) is making the SEIS' sensors and the eventual placement of the SEIS on the spacecraft being launched.

Mars is a terrestrial planet, like Earth. It has a similar tilt and land forms as well as four seasons. Its surface is covered in iron oxide (rust) hence the name, The Red Planet. Mars does not have intelligent life but might support simpler forms of life. It was named after the Roman God of war. Mars has water locked up in ice. Mars is quite cold, with temperature well below freezing. Mars has two moons: Phobos and Deimos.

NASA’s next step is to send a robotic mission to redirect an asteroid to orbit the moon. Astronauts on their Orion spacecraft will explore the asteroid in the 2020s. This will help NASA test new systems, such as Solar Electric Propulsion, which is needed to send cargo as part of human missions to Mars. Beginning in 2018, NASA’s powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will allow these missions to test new capabilities. Human missions to Mars will rely on Orion and a version of SLS.


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