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Giant Success for NASA when the InSight Probe has Reached "Safety" on Mars

Relly Victoria Virgil Petrescu1
  • 1 Bucharest Polytechnic University, Romania

Abstract

InSight-Studying the 'Inner Space' of Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the "inner space" of Mars: Its crust, mantle and core. Studying Mars' interior structure answers key questions about the early formation of rocky planets in our inner solar system - Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars - more than 4 billion years ago, as well as rocky exoplanets. InSight also measures tectonic activity and meteorite impacts on Mars today. The lander uses cutting edge instruments, to delve deep beneath the surface and seek the fingerprints of the processes that formed the terrestrial planets. It does so by measuring the planet's "vital signs": Its "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow) and "reflexes" (precision tracking). This mission is part of NASA's Discovery Program for highly focused science missions that ask critical questions in solar system science.

Journal of Aircraft and Spacecraft Technology
Volume 3 No. 1, 2019, 1-10

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jastsp.2019.1.10

Submitted On: 13 February 2019 Published On: 28 February 2019

How to Cite: Virgil Petrescu, R. V. (2019). Giant Success for NASA when the InSight Probe has Reached "Safety" on Mars. Journal of Aircraft and Spacecraft Technology, 3(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.3844/jastsp.2019.1.10

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Keywords

  • NASA
  • InSight
  • Red Planet
  • Mars lander
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth and Mars