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NASA's new spacecraft looks inside Mars

NASA's new spacecraft will investigate the interior of Mars.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration are working on the InSight Mars Lander, which will delve deeper into the innards of the planet to discover more about its current state and history.

Stu Spath, spacecraft program manager at Lockheed Martin, said: "Our team resumed system-level integration and test activities last month. The lander is completed and instruments have been integrated onto it so that we can complete the final spacecraft testing including acoustics, instrument deployments and thermal balance tests."

Bruce Banerdt, InSight Principal Investigator, added: "Because the interior of Mars has churned much less than Earth's in the past three billion years, Mars likely preserves evidence about rocky planets' infancy better than our home planet does."

The new spacecraft is also able to detect the "pulse, temperature and reflexes" of the planet.

They wrote on their website: "InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior. But InSight is more than a Mars mission - it is a terrestrial planet explorer that will address one of the most fundamental issues of planetary and solar system science - understanding the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Earth) more than four billion years ago

By using sophisticated geophysical instruments, InSight will delve deep beneath the surface of Mars, detecting the fingerprints of the processes of terrestrial planet formation, as well as measuring the planet's "vital signs": Its "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow probe), and "reflexes" (precision tracking)."

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