HOUSTON – NASA’s next Mars lander, InSight, will aim for a touchdown on a smooth patch of terrain within Elysium Planitia in the northern equatorial region of the red planet, where it will study the deep interior for a better understanding of the formation and evolution of the Solar System’s rocky bodies. The launch period for InSight, a $690 million Discovery class mission, extends from March 4 to March 30, 2016, with a landing planned for Sept. 28, 2016. "This is ...

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