25 June 2014
ATK (NYSE: ATK) said it has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA´s InSight Lander mission, which will place a lander on Mars in 2016 to study the red planet´s deep interior.
The mission will give us a better understanding of the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system, including Earth.
InSight, an abbreviation for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will use sophisticated geophysical instruments to delve deep beneath the surface of Mars, detecting the fingerprints of the processes of terrestrial planet formation, as well as measuring the planet´s “vital signs” its “pulse” (seismology), “temperature” (heat flow probe) and “reflexes” (precision tracking).
InSight is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, for NASA´s Science Mission directorate. Lockheed Martin will build and operate the spacecraft.
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