"Three … two … … zero … take off, from the Atlas V – launching the first interplanetary mission from the West Coast and NASA's Insight, the first space robot researcher to explore the interior of the Mars, "a NASA spokesman announced amid rumblings of the launch at 7:05 pm ET via NASA TV.
The Atlas V 401 rocket also carried two suitcases spaceships that circled Mars, the dark and cloudy sky that became light gold for a second as the rocket rose in a cloud of smoke. NASA's earlier interplanetary missions launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
After a six-month voyage, InSight, whose name for seismic survey, geodesy, and heat transport interior research is short, is scheduled to land on November 5 north of Mars Equator with five NASA spacecraft spanning [1
The researcher does not have wheels, so he can not roll around to collect the dirt to study, but he has a 7.8-foot-long (2.4 meter long robot arm.) The arm will lay a seismometer on the ground to detect "Marsquakes" (think of earthquakes, but of course on Mars).
InSight will also dig 10 to 16 feet into the Martian crust, According to NASA, it is 15 times deeper than any previous Mars mission.
"We have the surface of the gesa Planets in terms of visible features, topography, gravitation and magnification mapped tables fields, "he said. "We studied the atmosphere, both globally and on the surface, wrapping around the surface in four different locations, studying geology and piecing together the history of the surface.
" But so far, the vast regions of the planets, which were deeper than a few kilometers, were almost completely unknown to us, "said Banerdt. InSight will change that with a single hit. "
InSight's mission is ultimately to answer age-old questions – are we alone in the universe? Is there life potential on a planet that is not the Earth? – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a video released Saturday of
"This is an important mission not just for the United States, but an important mission for the world," he said, "so we can better understand why planets are changing and, ultimately, more about understand our own planet. "