A plan for studying the interior of Mars — NASA InSight

It’s hoped information about seismic waves generated by marsquakes will help develop a map of Mars’ interior

Bruce Banerdt, InSight's principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California said that their heat shield is not very similar to Mars 2020 but they some of the same processes of the same designs. It is slated to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara on May 5 and arrive on Mars on November 26. That is why NASA conducted safety checks of the heat shield of InSight lander and found the shield to be in flawless condition.

It will be the first spacecraft dedicated to studying the center of Mars. Scientists plan on studying seismic activities on the Martian surface or Marsquakes and develop a heat map of the planet's interior cores. That is of course if the weather permits the launch, otherwise, NASA has scheduled the mission to be carried out on 8 June.

The InSight lander is expected to launch from the base early in the morning May 5 on the back of an Atlas V rocket, in a spectacle that will easily be seen by millions of Californians between San Luis Obispo and San Diego counties, according to a news release. The two-hour launch window begins at 4:05 a.m. PT.

According to NASA, the heat shield of Insight mission is nearly half the size of the heat shield of Mars 2020 mission and has got key design differences.

Astrophysicist Jesse Rogerson says information collected by In Sight will help us understand how Mars fits in the solar system
Astrophysicist Jesse Rogerson says information collected by In Sight will help us understand how Mars fits in the solar system

MarCO consists of two mini-spacecraft and will be the first test of CubeSat technology in deep space.

Cal Poly engineering students assisted Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems and JPL in preparing and testing the twin satellite units. NASA specifically chose the vast 100-kilometer-long parking-lot nothingness of Elysium Planitia because InSight is not interested in what is on Mars's surface, but rather what lies underneath. It also will be the first NASA mission since the Apollo moon landings to place a seismometer, a device that measures quakes, on the soil of another planet.

Joe White, 45, a space video journalist from Bristol, said: 'I have found what seems to be a small feminine looking statue head on Mars in Gale Crater in this recent Curiosity Rover image from NASA. It would seek signs of past microbial life at a carefully selected site and test extraction of oxygen from the carbon dioxide in Mars' atmosphere.

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