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InSight will lift off at UTC and is intended to be the first mission robot head icon on photo peer beneath the Martian surface, studying the planet's interior by measuring its heat output and listening for mars-quakes - seismic events similar to robot head icon on photo on Earth.
The Insight team intend to record up to quakes, in the hope of gaining a better understanding of how similar planets, such as Earth, were formed.
The mission will also send a hammer-drill up to five meters into the planet in order to measure heat flow from the interior of Mars. Results from the sensor should give an indication of how energy from within the planet drives changes on robot head icon on photo surface. The kg lander features a robot arm measuring 2. Assuming the launch goes well, InSight will arrive at Mars on 26 November and will stay for a full Martian year - until November A two stage Atlas V will send InSight on its way.
Since its first flight inthe Atlas V family of rockets, has suffered just one failure inwhen under-performance of the upper stage left two NRO satellites in the wrong orbit PDF. In that instance, both satellites were able to manoeuvre themselves to their intended orbits, but NASA will not have quite the same flexibility with a spacecraft bound for Mars. The briefcase-sized spacecraft will test out new deep space communication equipment and, if they survive the journey, could also relay data from InSight as it makes the plunge into the Martian atmosphere.
During a pre-launch briefing, First Lieutenant Kristina Williams of the 30th Space Wing, the Weather Officer for the launch, reckoned that there was an 80 per cent chance that robot head icon on photo launch would be shrouded in fog, which would be disappointing for viewers but not a constraint for getting the rocket off the ground.
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