Putin Pledges Russian Mars Mission in 2019, Ahead of Musk and Trump

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The announcement comes after NASA unveiled its own £1.5billion ($2.1 bn) Mars exploration bid, the Mars 2020 mission, which is timed for a launch in mid-2020 when Earth and Mars are in good positions relative to each other for landing.

Its primary objective is to search for signs of microscopic life, whether living or fossilised, on the Red Planet. For this, the rover will examine the resource and potential dangers of landing in particular areas on the planet.

The difference between the lander to be used on this year's mission and the existing or planned rovers for Martian missions is that InSight would land and then stay put for as long as it can, using an ultra-sensitive seismometer, a heat-flow probe, and other instruments to scan the interior of the Red Planet. The rover will accumulate some rock sample and that sample will be placed in a tube.

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RT reports the spaceship in 2019 will not carry any crew members, but later missions will. The crane's part like aeroshell, cruise stage, and descent stage will be assembled at Spacecraft Assembly Facility High Bay 1 of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Between now and the planned launch date, a host of rover subsystems are slated to be added, including navigation, thermal, power, avionics, and telecommunications systems.

Officially called Mars InSight Roadshow, the caravan will stop over the following months in several locations along the coast, spanning from the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in the North and ending in Los Angeles in the South. Kelly's company is now developing a component of the Space Optical Communications system.

This is a developing story, more to follow... The future Mars mission will provide much significant information to scientists about the Red Planet.

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