Technicians lift the lander portion of the InSight spacecraft for testing in a clean room facility at Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Col. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin

NASA's Next Mission to Mars Will Probe the Red Planet's Deep Interior in 2018

InSight will do a deep dive into the Martian underground, putting two instruments onto the surface that will ferry information back from the depths.

Published On 08/28/2017
4:14 PM EDT
W W hat lies beneath the surface on Mars? NASA’s next Mars mission aims to find out. The InSight project, NASA’s first mission to study the Red Planet’s deep interior, is on track for a 2018 liftoff after needing to be delayed two years due to a technical issue. Scientists hope that it will help explain the formation of rocky planets, including our own.
An artist’s impression of the InSight lander. NASA/JPL-Caltech