|NASA mars launch mission set for may 2018|
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to end its mission of Mars robotic InSight because of all the problems with the mission that led to several launch delays and postponements, but the decision was taken to postpone the launched in May 2018, according space.com reports.
The latest issue with the mission was a leak in a vacuum chamber that surrounds a key instrument, which was built by the French space agency, CNES. The launch was scheduled for March this year, but was delayed by flight that could not be repaired in time to meet the deadlines of the launch window. The two planets will align favorably for missions every 26 months.
NASA is now targeting a launch date of 5 May 2018 and John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA in Washington, said they were happy to be back on the path to the start. The understanding of the interior of Mars has been a longstanding goal of scientists for decades, he said.
The robotic probe will arrive on Mars around 2018, Nov. 26 if all goes well with the plan, and once there, it will start to collect data from inside the planet that should provide information on the structure and the formation of rocky planets like Mars.
A major concern with the program and all delays are the cost of the project, which has been capped at $ 675 million. With the problems already encountered, the Agency spent more than $ 525 million on the mission at this point. NASA said they do not know exactly how much it will cost to fund the mission, the Agency, he expects to have an estimate in August of this year, as soon as arrangements have been made with the launch providers.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA in Pasadena (California), is working on a replacement room for one that failed in the last attempt, and the French CNES Office will coordinate the installation of recording equipment in the new room.
European Space Agency and Russia plan to launch a methane inhalation March orbiter next week from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.