InSight Lander to Get Its First Look at Mars

The spacecraft designed to observe the seismic activity on Mars is scheduled to lift off is a seven-month journey to Mars. The NASA’s InSight Mars Lander is designed to observe the red planet and to get an in-depth look at the “heart” of the planet Mars such as the crust, mantle and the core.

In other words, the future of the Mars mission lies on the data that will be gathered by the Lander. It will also be the first thorough checkup of the planet after its birth 4.5 billion years ago. The launch, from Central California in Vandenberg Air Force Base will also mark it’s a first for this will be the first time for a spacecraft bound to another planet that will lift off from the West Coast.

It will also be a great opportunity to get most of the students to get excited about science and the launch of the rockets to explore the red planet. NASA usually launches a spacecraft for the interplanetary mission from the East Coast, at the Cape Canaveral to better provide them with a boost from the Earth’s rotation. Since the InSight lander is small and a lightweight spacecraft, this can easily accommodate getting into orbit without the help of any momentum from Earth.

The scheduled launch on May 5 of the InSight will travel aboard an Atlas V vehicle on a trajectory in the Pacific Ocean. If it happens that the weather condition is bad during the launch, InSight can launch the next day. Regardless of the launch date, the expected landing of the InSight Lander on Mars is on November 26 this year. The mission controllers will account the difference of the planetary location between the start of the launch up to the end.

Previous missions to the red planet, have examined the history of the planet by examining the surface, rocks, soil, and canyons. However, most of the important details about the red planet can only found by simply studying the Martian interior, far below the surface. Having the InSight Lander will help the mission in determining the seismic activity of the Mars.

The InSight mission is intended to operate for one Mars year which is approximately two Earth years. It will also use its instrument to investigate the interior part of the red planet to uncover how the rock body forms. The instrument will also measure the temperature, vital signs and the reflexes of the planet. The NASA’s InSight Lander will provide people with the chance to discover more about the history of Mars and other important details about the red planet.