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NASA to Unveil New Planetary Mission Today

•, Staff

The new mission will be unveiled at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) during a teleconference with reporters to announce "the selection of a new Discovery-class mission that will further NASA's exploration of the solar system," space agency officials said in an announcement.

The mission will be one of three finalists that were picked for final review by NASA in May 2011 and should be ready to launch in 2016. Those finalists are:

 The Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight), which would study the structure and composition of the interior of Mars, potentially improving our understanding of the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets (this project was formerly known as GEMS);

The Titan Mare Explorer (TiME), which would land in and float on a large methane-ethane sea on Saturn's moon Titan, providing the first direct exploration of an ocean beyond Earth;

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