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France Repairs InSight Instrument, Says March Launch Will Hold

Credit: NASA

PARIS and HOUSTON -- France has repaired a vacuum-chamber leak in a key science instrument that will fly aboard the NASA-led InSight lander mission slated to launch to Mars in early 2016.

Engineers at French space agency CNES are now testing the repair to the InSight lander’s SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) instrument to ensure it will maintain the degree of vacuum necessary to carry out its mission.


 

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