"In some ways InSight is like a scientific time machine that will bring back information about the earliest stages of Mars' formation four-and-a-half billion years ago. It will help us learn how rocky bodies form, including Earth, its moon and even planets in other solar systems."
May 5, 2018, 4:05 am PDT (7:05 EDT, 11:05 UTC) NASA is scheduled to launch the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the InSight spacecraft destined for Mars’ northern hemisphere. The launch will take place in California at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. This will be the first interplanetary mission to launch from America’s west coast, the first dedicated to Mars' deep interior, and the first NASA mission since the Apollo moon landings to place a seismometer on the soil of another planet.
InSight, short for "Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport," uses cutting edge instruments to explore beneath the surface of the planet to measure its "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow), and "reflexes" (precision tracking) to allow scientists to study the process of planet formation and evolution. (Source: NASA)
Launch coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website. at 3:30 a.m. PDT (6:30 EDT, 10:30 UTC).
- Explore NASA’s website for more information about InSight and the journey to Mars.
- Interact with the InSight mission via NASA’s social media: Facebook and Twitter.
- Search govinfo for information in the Federal Register related to NASA's Mars exploration.
- Visit the Government Publishing Office’s online bookstore to purchase a copy of ”NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration,” or to browse other available products produced by NASA.