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Probing The Insides of Mars to Learn How Rocky Planets Are Formed

8 Nov 2018, 20:49 UTC
Probing The Insides of Mars to Learn How Rocky Planets Are Formed NASA/JPL-Caltech

In the known history of our 4.5-billion-year-old solar system, the insides of but one planet have been explored and studied. While there’s a lot left to know about the crust, the mantle and the core of the Earth, there is a large and vibrant field dedicated to that learning.

Sometime next month, an extensive survey of the insides of a second solar system planet will begin. That planet is Mars and, assuming safe arrival, the work will start after the InSight lander touches down on November 26.

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