A new project from NASA involves discovering the inner layers of Mars. NASA’s spacecraft will be launched for the Red Planet in the spring of 2018. A two-year delay resulted in this new deadline for the mission.
The initial date for the launching of NASA’s spacecraft was March 2016. However there were some serious technical problems with one of the devices on the spacecraft, so it was not possible for the launching to take place on the scheduled date. The scientific instrument, of French origins, is crucial for the mission.
Researchers are now doing their best to fix the device in due time so that the launching in 2018 will not be postponed too. However, the repairing costs add to the already existing budget, extending it to $153.8 million. This unexpected expense could affect the budget for other missions in future years.
The new launching date was not picked at random. In March 2018, the Earth and Mas will be properly aligned so that the NASA probe should reach the Red Planet as quickly and easily as possible. This will not only gain researchers time but will also prevent further complications from happening.
The probe will be launched at the beginning of March 2018, and it is expected to reach its target on March 26. Researchers will make all the calculations and will make sure they meet all safety measures so that no other threats should delay the mission.
This new mission will provide NASA with information on the inner layers of the Red Planet. The probe will be gathering data on the planet for a year. Researchers intend to find out more about the formation and evolution of the planet. Depending on what they find, experts will be able to extend their study on other planets or rocky formations in the space. They also think about the interaction between celestial bodies and how their relation develops.
Scientists believe that once they have more information on the layers of Mars, they can also find similarities between the Red Planet and Earth’s geological structure, as they are both rocky planets.
This is not the first Mars mission for NASA. Researchers already have well-designed maps of the topography of the Red Planet. Now they want to take things one step further and have a proper stratification of the inner layers of the planet. They hope that nothing will endanger the mission scheduled for March 2018.
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