A key French instrument for NASA’s Mars InSight Lander will be reengineered in a bid to overcome a vacuum leak in time for a May 2018 launch attempt.  The instrument is the cornerstone of a mission to characterize subsurface geophysical processes on the red planet. The March 9 NASA announcement ends speculation that InSight might be canceled outright, while outlining efforts to have the lander ready to lift off on May 5, 2018, the opening of a favorable alignment between the ...

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