Polish-built robot flies to Mars on NASA mission

The device, described as a self-hammering mechanism, is a component of a heat probe that will examine the thermal properties of the Red Planet.

The main goal of the US space agency’s InSight mission — launching on Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California — is to give scientists a better understanding of the structure and geological activity of Mars.

The InSight lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet on November 26 after a journey of 485 million kilometres. It is expected to remain active there for two years.

The self-hammering instrument has been developed by innovative Warsaw company Astronika, which was founded in 2013 by a group of Polish engineers specialising in precision mechanics and space technology.

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