NASA Launches Mission to Mars

The mission will peer deep beneath the Martian surface to study the planet's interior


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NASA launched the InSight mission to Mars on May 5.

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.

The mission’s launch period is May 5 through June 8, 2018, with daily launch windows that last two hours per day. Launch opportunities are set five minutes apart during each date’s launch window. 

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.

 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.

Source UATV
date 06.05.2018
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