There Are Plenty Of Reasons To Keep Using Landers On Mars
For a cost-effective, easily developed and stable platform for geological science on Mars, it's hard to beat a lander.By Evan Thomas | May 28, 2015
NASA has finished building its next probe to Mars. Now, it's stress testing time.
InSight will now undergo a battery of tests in the next seven months to make sure the probe can survive the transit to Mars.
It’s a lander, which is a rarity for NASA these days. In the last decade, only one of its four missions to the Martian surface was a lander — Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity were all rovers, meaning they could all drive around. (Video via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)