Tests were carried out inside the world’s largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, in February 2015. The tunnel is 24 metres high and 37 metres wide.
InSight, for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars in September 2016. The lander will investigate the deep interior of Mars to gain information about how rocky planets, including Earth, formed and evolved.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, is building the InSight spacecraft, while the Project is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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