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Case study: InSight: the Mars robotic lander

25 Oct 2017, 11:56 UTC
Case study: InSight: the Mars robotic lander NASA

InSight is a NASA robotic lander mission due for launch to Mars in May 2018 and will land November 2018. The mission’s primary objective is to place a stationary lander, built by Lockheed Martin and based on the 2008 Phoenix lander, on the surface of Mars to study its early geological evolution to help scientists understand the early formation of the Solar System’s terrestrial planets. The lander will have 2 instruments on board, Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) and Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3), to measure Mars’ seismic activity, the amount of heat flow from the interior, and the size and physical state of Mars’s core. By using the past heritage of the Phoenix lander, this is a low risk, low cost mission to Mars.

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