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InSight — Studying the 'Inner Space'
“NASA's Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft is on track for a soft touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet on Nov. 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving. But it's not going to be a relaxing weekend of turkey leftovers, football and shopping for the InSight mission team. Engineers will be keeping a close eye on the stream of data indicating InSight's health and trajectory, and monitoring Martian weather reports to figure out if the team needs to make any final adjustments in preparation for landing, only five days away” NASA/ JPL / CalTech. More here
“InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.” More here
Below- An artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft as they fly through deep space.
“The MarCOs will be the first CubeSats -- a kind of modular, mini-satellite -- attempting to fly to another planet. They're designed to fly along behind NASA's InSight lander on its cruise to Mars. If they make the journey, they will test a relay of data about InSight's entry, descent and landing back to Earth. Though InSight's mission will not depend on the success of the MarCOs, they will be a test of how CubeSats can be used in deep space.
The MarCO and InSight projects are managed for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, by JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.” More
Below- Mars - Earth Comparison
All Images- NASA-JPL-Caltech
Booking It with Mars
Well before the 20th century, Mars found its way into the human imagination through fiction. In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift's fictitious astronomers study the moons of Mars more than one hundred years before an American astronomer actually discovered them. In a more sinister view of the Red Planet, H.G. Wells painted a picture of horror when Martians invade Earth in The War of the Worlds.
In the last century, the allure of our solar neighbor took greater hold. Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote a series of novels, known as the Martian Tales, whose hero is transported to Mars and adapts to Martian culture. In The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury depicts the dark side of human nature when explorers from Earth land on Mars. In the 1960s, author Robert Heinlein told the story of a man who was the sole survivor of the first human mission to Mars. After being raised by Martians, the hero of Stranger in a Strange Land returns to Earth and adapts to human ways.” From “All About Mars” NASA
NASA's InSight about to land on the surface of Mars
All Images- NASA-JPL
Above- This is an illustration showing a simulated view of NASA's InSight about to land on the surface of Mars. This view shows the top of the spacecraft.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the InSight Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space, Denver, Colorado built the spacecraft. InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, which is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
For more information about the mission, go to https://mars.nasa.gov/insight.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —
The Latest on the landing by NASA's InSight spacecraft at Mars (all times local):
2:53 p.m. 11-26-18
A NASA spacecraft has landed on Mars to explore the planet's interior.
Flight controllers announced that the spacecraft InSight touched down Monday, after a perilous supersonic descent through the red Martian skies. Confirmation came via radio signals that took more than eight minutes to cross the nearly 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) between Mars and Earth.
There was no immediate word on whether the lander was in good working order. NASA satellites around Mars will provide updates.
It is NASA's eighth successful Mars landing since the 1976 Vikings. The thee-legged, one-armed InSight will operate from the same spot for the next two years. It landed less than 400 miles (600 kilometers) from NASA's Curiosity rover, which until Monday was the youngest working robot in town.
Below- Artist's Concept of InSight Traveling to Mars
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