Astronomy News

InSight Arrives at Launch Site

InSight will be mounted atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket and launched from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Date: May 5 liftoff, the launch window opens at 07:05 EDT / 11:05 UTC and remains open for two hours. Time are provided I did the conversion correctly, the time change is coming right up.

If you have been thinking there has been quite a number of launches this year we’ve had 22 so far.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin Space

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NASA — Personnel supporting NASA’s InSight mission to Mars load the crated InSight spacecraft into a C-17 cargo aircraft at Buckley Air Force Base, Denver, for shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The spacecraft, built in Colorado by Lockheed Martin Space, was shipped February 28, 2018, in preparation for launch from Vandenberg in May 2018.

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is the first mission dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars. Its findings will advance understanding of the early history of all rocky planets, including Earth.

JPL, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the InSight Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space, Denver, built the spacecraft. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, which is managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.