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NASA canceled the planned March launch spacecraft to Mars

on Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:26 pm
NASA canceled the launch of Mars research ship "Insight", scheduled for March 2016, due to technical problems.

The reason for this decision was a violation of the vacuum envelope around the sensor one of the main scientific instruments apparatus - seismometer provided by the French Space Agency.

"This decision was made due to unsuccessful attempts to eliminate the inflow of air cargo a key component of the research," - noted in the NASA.

"Insight" was to study the geological structure of the surface of Mars and temperature changes in the atmosphere. It was planned that after the launch in March he would have landed on Mars in September.

The ability to launch any spacecraft to Mars will appear every two years, so that the next such opportunity presented itself in 2018. NASA has not confirmed those plans, citing financial constraints. In Russian
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