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Mars InSight Probe

 

The InSight Probe is a lander for the planet Mars which was launched by the American space agency NASA to study its deep interior. It has landed on the planet’s surface after seven months of travelling through space. It is a stationary probe, much different from NASA’s famous Opportunity, Spirit and Curiosity rovers.

It was launched on May 5, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, United States and it landed on November 26, 2018, at the Martian Elysium Planitia.

 

Quick Facts: –

  • Earlier, InSight Probe was planned to be launched in March 2016 but could not because of a leak in one of the craft’s instruments.
  • Now this mission is set to last for two Earth years which is a little more than one Mars year.
  • This probe has activated its solar panels which will help it to receive sunlight to power its surface operations.
  • Then it will set all the instruments in place through a weeks-long process.
  • This Lander is sitting on a vast, flat plain known as Elysium Planitia. It is also known as the biggest parking lot on Mars.
  • It is armed with a crane, a heat probe and also a seismometer so that it can help us understand Marsquakes.
  • InSight Probe returned the first picture of the landscape very quickly, within a few minutes of landing.
  • To reach Mars, it cruised 301,223,981 miles at a top speed of 6,200 miles per hour in space.
  • This will be the first probe to dedicate its investigations to understanding the planet Mars interior.

 

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