Touchdown for the Mars Lander

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Touchdown for the Mars Lander

This is the first picture of Mars taken by the InSight lander shortly after landing

This is the first picture of Mars taken by the InSight lander shortly after landing

NASA/JPL-Caltech

This is the first picture of Mars taken by the InSight lander shortly after landing

NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA/JPL-Caltech

This is the first picture of Mars taken by the InSight lander shortly after landing

Abigail McCoy, Secretary

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On May 5, 2018, NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The lander’s mission was, and still is, to perform a series of check-ups on the red planet in order to accumulate more information as to how large, rocky, celestial bodies are created.

After approximately six and a half months the InSight landed on November 26, 2018, after traveling the 300 million mile mission to Mars; accompanied by two cube satellites to provide updates on the lander for ground control. In order for the landing to be successful, the InSight has to perform dozens of pre-programmed tasks without NASA’s help in order create the optimal landing on the Elysium Planitia, a flat and boring expanse of land perfect for landings.

InSight’s mission is to drill beneath the surface of Mars and measure it’s “vital signs”, such as: “pulse” any seismic activity, “temperature” the core and mantle, and its “reflexes” how the planet responds to the pull of the sun and its moons.

The mission may be extended but the foreseeable end date is November 24, 2020, where it may be extended or just left with no further purpose. The InSight brings humanity one step closer to advanced space exploration and understanding, “For the benefit of all.”

Abigail McCoy, Secretary

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