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NASA mission to the 'heart' of Mars

NASA mission to the 'heart' of Mars

According to the InSight mission's principal investigator, Bruce Banerdt, the data that the spacecraft will collect will "prime NASA on all the geological processes" that have persisted on Mars for the past billions of years. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.

InSight will be the first ever mission to dig deep beneath the surface of Mars to study the interior by calculating its heat output and recording the marsquakes, which are events similar to earthquakes on planet Earth.

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The planet's thin atmosphere makes landing a challenge, and its extreme temperature swings make it hard to operate on the surface.

In a sense, Mars is the exoplanet next door - a nearby example of how gas, dust and heat combine and arrange themselves into a planet.

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By knowing this information, scientists may be able to figure out how Mars formed, and how the Red Planet evolved into what it is now today. Mission management at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will work with Lockheed Martin to lead an examination of the cause of the crack and to decide if any design changes should be made, NASA officials said in the statement.

Several European partners, including France's space agency, the Centre National d'Étude Spatiales, and Germany's DLR, are supporting the mission.

"InSight is a truly global space mission", said Tom Hoffman, project manager at JPL.

NASA's InSight lander, seen on April 6, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, will take off on May 5 in an early morning launch that will be visible across Southern California, weather permitting. On Wednesday, it completed what's known as a spin test: the entire spacecraft is rotated at high speeds to confirm its center of gravity. The spacecraft will land at Elysium Planitia, a spot that will likely be flat as far as the eye could see, which is precisely what scientists want. In the next month, the spacecraft will be mounted to its rocket, connections between them will be checked, and the launch team will go through a final training.

InSight is an abbreviation of the mission's full name: Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.


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