2 years delay on NASA Mars mission

Shock for the US space agency NASA: the Mars Lander Mission insight must remain on Earth. A defective component prevents the planned start in spring 2016. read here, what is the problem.

Actually the Mars Lander Mission insight should be up in the spring of 2016 to the red planet. However, a defective component makes a spanner in the mission. It’s the Seismometer named ‘Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure’ (SEIS). Device that measures surface movements in the size range of an atom on Mars.

2 years delay on NASA Mars mission
Mars Lander of the insight mission: failed during testing at-45 ° C vacuum sealing to desiccants sensors of the Seismometer. Photo: Nasa

According to NASA, the vacuum seal that are resealed the three main sensors of the Seismometer cause problems. You have again under test at a temperature of 45 ° C fails.

Missed time window: next start until 2018 possible

From the planned launch in the spring of 2016 nothing is now. “It is the first time that such a sensitive device was built. We were very close to a success, but an anomaly has occurred that requires further investigation”, explained Marc Pircher, employees at the French Centre d ´ d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) in a report of IT.

2 years delay on NASA Mars mission
A heat current probe of the DLR should be used on Mars: the Mars Lander is it 5 m into the ground pound, to learn more about the thermal history of the planet.

This rejection is painful for NASA. As a start to the red planet is only possible if the planetary constellation. Next time it will be 26 months of the case. The US space agency has not announced but a specific launch date.

Has a liquid core of Mars?

The researchers must be patient according to something else, before they get more knowledge about Mars. You don’t know until now, for example, whether the core of Mars is solid or liquid – like that of the Earth. Because the previous probes provided data only from the surface or from orbit.

2 years delay on NASA Mars mission
Artist’s impression of the trace gas Orbiter of the 2016 mission ExoMars. Separates the lander Schiaparelli, who then gently to slide down towards the surface of Mars. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab.

Mars Lander insight, however, is to provide information from the inside. It also technology of the German Centre for Aviation and Astronautics (DLR) is used: A heat current probe that will hammer the Mars Lander five meters into the ground. The country warmth to allow conclusions on the thermal history of the planet.

NASA is working on Manned Mars mission

Insight is part of the so-called discovery program, with NASA to explore Mars. Manned missions are long term goal. “A manned mission to Mars is currently the ultimate goal in our solar system for humanity”, said NASA Chief Charles Bolden 2013 at the Conference “Humans on Mars”. Such a mission have up to the year 2030 priority for NASA. “We will use every minute of our time and every dollar of our budget.” For the insight mission, the US space agency put a budget of 425 million $.