From a spacecraft that captures asteroids to a telescope that reveals details of the universe, NASA's upcoming missions will break ground in space science and technology.
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Slated for 2016, Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, or InSight, is a mission that would place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study what's below the surface. The InSight mission is similar in design to the Mars lander used in 2007 for the Phoenix mission. The lander would use sophisticated geophysical instruments to check the Red Planet's vital signs, including "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow probe) and "reflexes" (precision tracking), according to NASA. InSight's findings could provide scientists with a glimpse into the evolutionary processes of all rocky planets in the inner solar system. Other Mars missions are dedicated to studying the planet's surface by examining canyons, rocks and soil.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?