Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News World

Nasa axes next mission to Mars

Published 22/12/2015

The Mars mission had been scheduled to take off in March (University of Pennsylvania/PA Wire)
The Mars mission had been scheduled to take off in March (University of Pennsylvania/PA Wire)

Nasa has called off its next Mars mission because of a leak in a science instrument.

The Insight spacecraft was supposed to take off in March and land on the red planet later in the year.

But Nasa said managers have suspended the launch because of an air leak in one of two prime science instruments, a seismometer which belongs to the French Space Agency.

It was supposed to ship to the southern California launch site next month. Nasa said attempts to fix the leak have failed.

The lander is designed to examine the geology of Mars in depth.

Launch opportunities for Mars only occur every two years. It is not clear whether Nasa has cancelled the mission entirely or delayed it until 2018.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph