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The InSight mission, the twelfth in NASA’s Discovery Program, is slated to launch in March of 2016, landing six months later on Mars’ Elysium Planitia. Unlike previous missions to Mars, which have focused on surface features and chemistry, InSight aims to explore the interior of the planet down to its very core using seismology, precision tracking, and heat flow measurements.


Dr. Bruce Banerdt, InSight Principal Investigator, JPL