NASA Launches Mission to Mars
The mission will peer deep beneath the Martian surface to study the planet's interior
Photo from Ukrinform–UATV
InSight will be the first mission to peer deep beneath the Martian surface, studying the planet’s interior by measuring its heat output and listening for marsquakes, which are seismic events similar to earthquakes on Earth, NASA reported.
NASA will begin constructing a residential lunar station, Lunar Orbital Platform, in 2019. The station is scheduled to be sent to the orbit of the Moon in 2025.
NASA launched the Mars InSight lander from California rather than Florida’s Cape Canaveral. It was the first interplanetary mission ever to depart from the west coast, drawing pre-dawn crowds to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The spacecraft will take around six months to get to Mars and travel 300 million miles to get there.
LIFTOFF! Humanity’s next mission to Mars has left the pad! @NASAInSight heads into space for a ~6 month journey to Mars where it will take the planet’s vital signs and help us understand how rocky planets formed. Watch: https://t.co/SA1B0Dglms pic.twitter.com/wBqFc47L5p
— NASA (@NASA) May 5, 2018
InSight, whose name is short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will touch down just north of the Martian equator on Nov. 26, joining five other NASA spacecrafts operating on and above Mars.