NASA’s revolutionary Mars mission, the InSight Mars lander is getting final checks before its lift-off from the Earth surface on May 5th and journey to Mars where it will act as a robotic geologist to conduct deep crust research on the Martian land.
The United States Space Agency NASA is preparing for the launch of its landmark InSight Mars mission on May 5 to make the first-ever mission to Mars which is aimed to research about the structure of Mars – a major success. InSight shuttle will place a single stationary lander on Mars – which will work as a robotic geologist for NASA on Mars. The lander will conduct studies on deep interiors of Martian surface and find out about the mysteries related to the composition, structure and formation of the red planet. InSight will also probe research to understand the formation of other planets of Solar system that occurred 4 billion years ago.
InSight will be the first inter-planetary mission that will delve into deep interiors of Mars surface and measure the heat outputs and marsquakes – which are kind of similar to earthquakes. For six months, InSight will be alone on the arid red planet, researching and cruising around on Mars – managed by the agency’s Marshall Space Flight centre in Huntsville, Alabama. Interestingly, there one more uniqueness to InSight lander as it will also be NASA’s first interplanetary mission that will be launched from California – and not from Florida. On 5th May, InSight will take off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) instead of the John F Kennedy Space Centre in Florida – as this will save a lot of logistic money for the space agency.
InSight just went through a test flight on Monday to check the flight readiness of the space probe and heat shields were inspected by expert teams as part of final checks. Now, the NASA officials have confirmed that robotic InSight lander is all set for its journey towards Mars on Saturday. The lift-off from earth surface is scheduled to be from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT; 1105 GMT) on ULA’s Atlas V rocket and after successful mission, the InSight probe will return back with samples of Martian rocks for study after six months of digging into the secrets of the Red Planet.