Saturday, May 05, 2018

Liftoff of NASA's Mars InSight Mission


May 5, 2018: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, or InSight, Mars lander. InSight will be the first mission to look deep beneath the Martian surface. It will study the planet's interior by measuring its heat output and listen for marsquakes. The spacecraft will use the seismic waves generated by marsquakes to develop a map of the planet’s deep interior. The resulting insight into Mars’ formation will provide a better understanding of how other rocky planets, including Earth, were created.

For more about the mission, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/insight

Credit: NASA/JPL
Duration: 2 minutes, 11 seconds
Release Date: May 5, 2018


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