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The NASA Mars InSight mission, which is set to launch on May 5, will try to gather as much data as possible about Earth’s neighbor in the solar system. InSight lander, which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, will study mars quakes to know about the Martian crust, mantle and core. Transport, will finally launch to Mars after a two-year delay. NASA already started testing the spacecraft in 2015 for a planned 2016 takeoff, but InSight was delayed due to various technical problems. One of the problems is a vacuum leak in the primary science equipment of InSight. According to the calculations of the NASA, transport will be on Mars on November 26. InSight’s landing spot is Elysium Planitia, a vast expanse without any mountains or even large rocks in the area. NASA specifically chose the nothingness of Elysium Planitia because InSight is not interested in what is on Mars’s surface, but rather what lies underneath. “During formation, this Red Planet of featureless rock metamorphosed into a diverse and fascinating planet, almost like caterpillar to a butterfly,” Banerdt said. “We want to use seismology to learn why Mars formed the way it did, and how planets take shape in general.”
The Importance of Landing Insight to Mars!
- With the data that he will collect, and the subsequent analysis, scientists will be able to learn more about exoplanets as a whole. This cannot be done on Earth, as the living geology of the planet destroyed the evidence of its past.
- InSight will have a seismometer to try detecting events such as mars quakes, landslides, meteor strikes, and dust storms. By the InSight mission’s principal investigator, Bruce Banerdt, the data that the spacecraft will collect will “prime NASA on all the geological processes” that have persisted on Mars for the past billions of years.
- Scientists may have an opportunity to know how Mars formed, and how the Red Planet evolved into what it is now today.
- One of the importance of this mission is that scientists can learn more about rocky exoplanets in general. This is impossible to do on Earth, as the lively geology of the planet has wiped out evidence of its past.
- Mars will provide valuable information because; nowadays it remains one of the most mysterious planets though being very close to our Home Planet.
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