Lockheed Martin-built NASA InSight Lander Officially on its Way to Mars
Lockheed Martin-built NASA InSight Lander Officially on its Way to Mars
Nasa begins first ever exploration of Mars' interior
06 May, 2018, 00:01
The US space agency worked through the Californian fog at the Vandenberg Air Force Base to get the Atlas V rocket, which is carrying Nasa'sInsight probe, into the air at 4.05am local time (12.05pm British Summer Time).
NASA sent a Mars probe into space Saturday, the first interplanetary mission launch from the West Coast, and the first rover that will drill past the surface of the red planet.
The twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) mini-spacecraft have also been launched from dispensers mounted on the aft bulkhead carrier of the Atlas V Centaur second stage.
The InSight mission is expected to gather science for one Mars year - 26 months for Earthlings.
The key instrument on board the spacecraft is a seismometer which will be deployed on the Martian ground by a robotic arm.
This weekend, NASA is launching a machine created to study Mars at a much more fundamental level, helping to fill large gaps in scientists' understanding of the planet's geologic structure, composition and seismic activity.
"We were fortunate to have a great turnout at our Lompoc Airport for this historic Insight Mission to Mars launch", saidLompoc city spokeswoman Samantha Scroggin.
"We have studied the atmosphere, both globally and at the surface".
This data will then be used to compare with Earth's to help explain how the planets were formed 4.5bn years ago.
The lander is equipped with a seismometer for measuring Marsquakes, a self-hammering probe for burrowing beneath the surface, and a radio system for tracking the spacecraft's position and planet's wobbly rotation, thereby revealing the size and composition of Mars' core. California was always part of the plan.
The almost $1 billion Mars InSight probe blasted off shortly after 4 a.m. local time, roaring south down the coast to the delight of crowds gathered on beaches and church parking lots to watch in the pre-dawn darkness. NASA's new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, thanked the team and called it a big day full of firsts.
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