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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Insight Mars Lander Launch

Insight Mars Lander on Atlas-V Rocket at Vandenburg launch pad

     NASA's mission to Mars to study the Interior part of Mars with the launch of Insight Mars Lander on 5th May 2018. It will the first mission to be launched from Canada. The lander will be launched in May-June Mars launch window, which is determined by Hohmann Transfer Orbit. ( The cheap and most fuel saving path for Mars). 

   This lander was designed and constructed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory a part of California Institute of Technology.The lander will be carried out by Atlas-V class launch vehicle.

About Insight Mars Lander:

Insight Lander

     It is a robotic lander designed to study the interior and subsurface of Mars. This study will help scientists to understand the history of Earth and Solar system. The expectation of the arrival is around November 2018. It carries two science instruments additionally to deploy during EDL phase to perform radio science experiment. They are Seismometer and heat probe to study the internal structure of Mars.

Backronym: InSight

InSight - Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport. 

Successfully Launched:

     Rocket of United Alliance (Atlas-V) lifted-off from the Space Launch Complex-3 that is Vandenburg Air Force Base, California.  The lift-off was on 4:05 AM at PDT time and 7:05 AM at EDT time. It will be the first mission to look beneath the Martian surface.

Image and Text  : NASA


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