[meteorite-list] NASA and French Space Agency Sign Agreement for Mars Mission (InSight)

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:45:48 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <201402110045.s1B0jmL3000036_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

February 10, 2014

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
dwayne.c.brown at nasa.gov

Michael Braukus
Headquarters, Washington
michael.j.braukus at nasa.gov
RELEASE 14-046

NASA and French Space Agency Sign Agreement for Mars Mission

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the
National Center of Space Studies of France (CNES), signed an implementing
agreement Monday for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called the
Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat
Transport (InSight) mission.

"This new agreement strengthens the partnership between NASA and CNES in
planetary science research, and builds on more than 20 years of cooperation
with CNES on Mars exploration," said Bolden. "The research generated by this
collaborative mission will give our agencies more information about the early
formation of Mars, which will help us understand more about how Earth

The InSight mission currently is planned for launch in March 2016 and is
scheduled to land on Mars six months later. Designed to study the planet's
deep interior, the lander seeks to understand the evolutionary formation of
rocky planets, including Earth, by investigating Mars' deep interior. InSight
also will investigate the dynamics of Martian tectonic activity and meteorite
impacts using CNES's Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure instrument

SEIS will measure seismic waves travelling through the interior of Mars to
determine its interior structure and composition, which will provide clues
about the processes that shaped the planet during its earliest stages of

Other partners working with CNES on the SEIS instrument include: the German
Aerospace Center, United Kingdom Space Agency, Swiss Space Office (through
the European Space Agency) and NASA.

InSight's international science team is made up of researchers from Austria,
Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the
United Kingdom, and the United States.

For more information about SEIS, visit:


For more about InSight, visit:


For more information about NASA and planetary exploration, visit:


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