UBC professor gets ready for launch of mission to Mars

UBC professor gets ready for launch of mission to Mars

InSight is the first mission to another planet to launch from Vandenberg, which typically hosts launches of satellites into polar orbit for Earth-imaging and communications. The U.S.is the only country to have successfully landed and operated spacecraft on Mars, including the first time in 1976 (Vikings) and most recently in 2012 with the Curiosity rover.

InSight will use the same type of straightforward parachute deployment and engine firings during descent as Phoenix lander did in 2008. If the experiment succeeds, it should take just several minutes for flight controllers to hear from the cubes.

"Hopefully, we won't get any surprises on our landing day".

InSight Mars is the first mission that needs to examine Mars from the inside.

A slender cylindrical probe dubbed the mole is created to tunnel almost 16 feet into the Martian soil.

Aboard InSight is a seismometre to measure marsquakes so sensitive it can capture movement as small as a single hydrogen atom, Johnson explained in a phone interview from Maryland, where she attended a planetary science conference before heading to California for regular InSight researcher meetings.

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Assuming the launch goes well, InSight will arrive at Mars on 26 November and will stay for a full Martian year - until November 2020.

To do this, InSight will be taking the vital signs of Mars, including its pulse (using seismic waves), temperature (by measuring interior heat flow) and reflexes (using radio science).

Coming up early on Saturday morning, May 5, is the first launch of an interplanetary mission from Vandenberg - NASA's InSight mission to Mars to gather information on the interior of the red planet and the wobble of its rotational axis. The moon still holds seismometers left behind by the 12 moonmen.

"When it comes to rocky planets, we've only studied one in detail: Earth", NASA said in a statement. The spacecraft will land at Elysium Planitia, a spot that will likely be flat as far as the eye could see, which is precisely what scientists want. "We picked something as close to a 100 kilometer-long parking lot as we could find anywhere", Banerdt tells Chang. Scientists are shooting for two years of work - that's two years by Earth standards, or the equivalent of one full Martian year.

Rover mission, Mars 2020 will carry onboard Mastcam-Z of the two cameras with panoramic and stereoscopic display and a lens of variable focal length; an x-ray fluorometric spectrometer PIXL; ultraviolet Raman spectrometer, SHERLOC; ground-penetrating radar RIMFAX; set of different sensors, etc. Doing so could reveal the depth to which the planet's primordial magma ocean once churned and whether Mars ever had anything resembling plate tectonics.

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