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NASA's next Mars lander just passed a big test ahead of its planned May 2018 launch.
The spacecraft, known as InSight (short for "Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport"), has just completed "thermal vac" testing here at a facility owned by its builder, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.
Thermal vacuum testing (TVAC) simulates the harsh environment of space to appraise how the Mars-bound craft and its instruments operate under flight-like conditions.
"Almost a two-week-long test, thermal vacuum testing is the most comprehensive and stressing test you can perform on a fully assembled spacecraft prior to its launch," said Scott Daniels, InSight assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) manager at Lockheed Martin.
Racers of the 2018 Tour de France will emerge from the mountains on Friday; however, new challenges await.
Prior to the arrival of much cooler and less humid air at midweek, thunderstorms packing torrential downpours and locally damaging winds will rattle the northeastern United States into Tuesday evening.
More than 1,450 emergency personnel are still working to contain the massive wildfire near California’s Yosemite National Park that took a deadly turn over the weekend.
Rounds of thunderstorms packing torrential rain and gusty winds will erupt along a temperature contrast zone across the Great Plains through the middle of this week.
A lightning strike can result in a cardiac arrest and death, and the most lightning strikes occur during warm summer months when people are outside enjoying the weather.
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Tropical Storm Son-tinh strengthened over the South China Sea on Tuesday and has its sights set on Hainan, China and northern parts of Vietnam and Laos in the coming days.
The North American monsoon, which has brought localized but dangerous flash flooding to parts of the southwestern United States over the past week, will finally ease back into the upcoming weekend.