About one-and-half decade from today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) may send astronauts to Mars. Now, the space agency of the United States has revealed that it is currently designing systems to take astronauts to the Red Planet and further into the solar system that humans have ever been before.
NASA scientists here on earth are working to make sure everything goes as per the agency’s plans. The US government agency said the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will be used to propel astronauts to the fourth planet from the sun. Engineers and scientists are using their expertise to make SLS the most powerful rocket in the world.
The scientists are working on early stages of designing how to get to Mars, said Paul Gilbert, science programs office manager at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The International Space Station (ISS) is also contributing in the mission, he added.
“We're in the early sketchpad phases of trying to work that out and the partners have ideas and desires and things they want to do in cislunar space. We've got to come together as a global family on what that next step is”, Gilbert explained.
Currently, some teams of experts are working at the Marshall Space Flight Center to take ideas from concept to design, developing capsule that will be launched towards the Red Planet. The spacecraft will be also used to support life in Mars’ frigid temperatures.
Hintsnewsnetwork reported that, Mars will give a better understanding of Earth's early development because the crust and the mantle of the red planet have been undisturbed as compared to Earth.
NASA is delaying the launch of the next Mars lander that was supposed to be launched, and the mission itself could be cancelled. It's unfortunate news for the space agency, scientists, as well as space enthusiasts. "The vacuum issue is the only thing that was standing between us and launch", Bruce Banerdt, InSight's principal investigator at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told CNN. The agency officials said there indeed is a likelihood, that the mission will be scrapped totally. But NASA said Tuesday that 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.
OceanSidePost report said, The mission has been put on hold due to a leak in the seismometer, an instrument made by France's Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) and created to measure ground movements as tiny as the diameter of an atom. The InSight space vehicle was scheduled to take off in March 2016 and land on Mars six months later to examine the planet's geology in-depth. And while the seal was ostensibly repaired, it had opened up once again on December 21, leaving NASA with no choice but to push back the mission due to a lack of time to fix the leak.
According to the NorthStarNational, a previous leak earlier this year was repaired, but seems to have broke apart during a test on Monday involving temperatures at -49 degrees Fahrenheit. A leak in the instrument appears unable to be fixed by the craft's planned launch window from March 4 to March 30, 2016.
Marc Pircher, the director of CNES's Toulouse Space Centre, was less enthusiastic. Maintaining the vacuum is necessary for the instrument's extremely high sensitivity; the seismometer is capable of measuring ground motions as small as the width of an atom.