This is NASA's first mission to study the deep interior of Mars, and the craft's landing will be tricky. There will not be any live video streaming of Mars InSight's approach, and signals will be transmitted back to Earth on an eight-minute delay.
Image: NASA has announced the rover will land in the Jezero Crater . It is located on the western edge of Isidis Planitia which is a giant impact basin just north of Martian equator. "Nothing has been more hard in robotic planetary exploration than landing on Mars", said Zurbuchen. "Mars had conditions more similar to Earth early on - in the first billion years - so what may have been happening in our solar system that allowed life to start on this planet may also be evident on Mars ...
Manned test flights are slated to happen in 2019. NASA is ordering a review of the workplace cultures of SpaceX and Boeing , two companies working with the agency to fly astronauts to the International Space Station , according to a report Tuesday by The Washington Post .
The Es-hail-2 launch was scheduled starting at 3:46PM EST today, though there was a backup date scheduled for tomorrow in the even that something went wrong. SpaceX has developed the technology to return to earth the first stage, fitted with four fold-out landing legs for a soft landing. The bull's-eye landing marked the 31st for SpaceX and the second landing for the booster.
Attempting to confirm the hypothesis, astronomers have regularly observed the Barnard´s star with high precision spectrometers such as CARMENES , at Calar Alto Observatory. To find the elusive super-Earth, the astronomers made use of the Doppler effect which offers a key advantage for accurately measuring the changes in a star's velocity due to an orbiting exoplanet.
A red leather wheelchair that Hawking used from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, driving himself using a joystick, sold for £296,750 while an early edition of his bestselling book " A Brief History of Time " marked with a thumbprint, fetched £68,750.