NASA calls off planned March 2016 launch of Mars lander
The US space agency NASA has cancelled the planned launch of a Mars lander in March 2016. The agency said one of the key instruments of the spacecraft can’t be fixed in time for liftoff.
The Red Planet and Earth align favorably only once in every 26 months, due to which now, NASA's InSight Mars lander has to wait until mid-2018 to start its mission to characterize interior of Mars in unmatched detail, in case the spacecraft gets off the ground at all. The agency officials said there indeed is likelihood that the mission will be scrapped totally.
During a teleconference on December 22, while referring to the determination of the ultimate fate of InSight, John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said, “That's all forward work. We just haven't had time to work through that because our focus was on getting ready to launch”.
The issue is with the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), which a among the 2 primary science instruments of InSight. SEIS has been provided by the French space agency CNES. It is a suite of 3 seismometers developed for measuring ‘Mars quakes’ and other subsurface activity on Mars.
SEIS needs a vacuum environment for making its ultraprecise measurements. Earlier this month, NASA and CNES officials made an announcement that vacuum container of SEIS was leaking. It is a problem that traced to a defective weld.
Two weeks back, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall said that he was optimistic that the issue would be rectified timely for SEIS' shipment to the United States in the beginning of January. Grunsfeld said that the fixes indeed seemed to be working till December 21, when a leak came to light at the time of testing at a facility in France.
- Tesla’s Model 3 EV with 93-mile range being advertised on Canadian website
- Tesla delays deliveries of refreshed Model S and Model X electric vehicles
- Tesla offering 50% discount on Supercharging at night in California
- GM takes wraps off Hummer EV SUV version; International launch scheduled for 2023
- Toyota’s plug-in car sales in U.S. jump to almost 10,000 in first quarter of 2021
New Zealand News
- Hyundai Motor Corp to create ultra-fast EV charging network E-pit in Korea
- MGE gets six-month extension for South Korea’s Inspire Entertainment Resort development project
- Price of two cheapest trims of Tesla Model 3 electric sedan increased by $500
- Genting Malaysia asks employees to accept reduced pay; executives to take leave without pay
- Tesla to design & build affordable EV in China: Tom Zhu
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has...Read More
American gaming and hospitality giant Boyd Gaming...Read More
An American citizen who had boasted in front of an...Read More
Pushing the long-awaited Chicago casino project...Read More
A study was conducted to evaluate the effect a...Read More
Tech biggie Google’s recent filing with the US...Read More