NASA starts testing of its next MARS mission, Insight

American space agency, NASA has said that it has started conducting tests on the next mission to Mars called, Insight.

Insight, which is short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport, is expected to be launched in March 2016. The spacecraft will be launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will take about six months to land on the red planet.The mission is aimed at enabling scientist to get insights on technical capabilities and knowledge. The knowledge will allow NASA to develop further missions including mission to send humans to Mars by 2030s.

Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division at the headquarters in Washington said, "Today, our robotic scientific explorers are paving the way, making great progress on the journey to Mars. Together, humans and robotics will pioneer Mars and the solar system".

The probe will study planets deep interior and provide information on how the neighbouring planet evolved geologically and offer clues on Earths future and the evolution of rocky planets. It will be the first mission that will reveal about the Red Planet's cure. These tests of the lander will ensure that it has the potential to operate and survive deep space travel and harsh conditions.