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Mars Curiosity rover’s successor to explore mysteries of the red planet’s core in 2016

Posted by satyrikon στο Αυγούστου 22, 2012

Originally posted on National Post | News:

[np_storybar title="Where will Curiosity roll to? NASA explains: video" link="#1"]

WASHINGTON — After driving all around Mars with four rovers, NASA wants to look deep into the guts of the red planet.

The space agency decided Monday to launch a relatively low-cost robotic lander in 2016 to check out what makes the Martian core so different from Earth’s.

NASA’s Discovery program picked a project called Insight over missions to a Saturn moon and a comet, drawing complaints from scientists who study other places in our solar system that NASA is too focused on Mars.

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All three proposed missions were good, but the Mars one showed the best chance of making it within budget and on schedule, said NASA sciences chief John Grunsfeld. The missions cost no more than $425-million.

The Insight mission includes two instruments, one French and one German, that would examine the geology of Mars in depth…

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