NASA Launches InSight to Mars – LIVE Replay from California 5 May 2018

NASA Launches InSight to Mars

NASA Launches InSight to Mars – LIVE 11:00 BST from California 5 May 2018.  Mission: Marsquake. It was on the launchpad. It was looking good. Blast-off was perfect. The rocket is on its way to Mars and arrives November 2018

All systems were ready to go for NASA’s next launch to the Red Planet.

InSight launched from the U.S. Air Force Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 3E. The two-hour launch window will opened on May 5 at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT).

The early-morning liftoff on Saturday of the Mars InSight lander will mark the first time in history an interplanetary launch will originate from the West Coast.

InSight, for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. InSight will study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all rocky planets formed, including Earth and its Moon. The lander’s instruments include a seismometer to detect marsquakes, and a probe that will monitor the flow of heat from the planet’s interior.  The craft includes sensors from the UK

It will be the first mission to peer deep beneath the Martian surface, studying the planet’s interior by measuring its heat output and listening for marsquakes, which are seismic events similar to earthquakes on Earth. It 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 help us better understand how other rocky planets, including Earth, were and are created.

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