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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has today Saturday, the 5th of May 2018, embarked on what has been term an 'historic launch' of its InSight Mars lander. It successfully departed from California in what is the first interplanetary mission to depart from the US west coast.

The spacecraft will take more than 6 months to travel the 300m miles to Mars where it will start geological excavations. InSight, an acroymn for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will dig deeper into Mars than ever before – about 5 metres – to record the planet’s temperature. It will also place a hi-tech seismometer on the surface of the planet to try to measure quakes (termed as marsquakes).

After the projected 6-month journey, if it all goes as planned, InSight will touch down just north of the Martian equator on November 26 2018. Click the PLAY button below to watch the launch event:


Mars is a difficult planet to investigate. Its thin atmosphere makes landing a challenge and its extreme temperature swings make it very difficult for missions to be conducted on the surface. NASA says the mission will help scientists understand what is happening around the planet's core.

It will also help explain how all rocky planets, including the Earth, evolved. There are significant mysteries here, because while both Mars and the Earth were formed from the same stuff more than 4.5 billion years ago, they are now very different planets.  
Each marsquake would be like a flashbulb that illuminates the structure of the planet's interior. By studying how seismic waves pass through the different layers of the planet (the crust, mantle and core), scientists can deduce the depths of these layers and what they're made of. In this way, seismology is like taking an X-ray of the interior of Mars.
  
The mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


An artistic impression of what the Mars lander will look like on the Red plannet

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