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InSight Mission to Mars

Goals: The InSight mission will seek to understand the evolutionary formation of rocky planets, including Earth, by investigating the interior structure and processes of Mars. InSight will also investigate the dynamics of Martian tectonic activity and meteorite impacts, which could offer clues about such phenomena on Earth. InSight stands for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.

Accomplishments: The mission began the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase of its development in November 2014.


Key Dates
10 Mar 2016:  Launch
2018:  End of Mars Mission
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InSight Facts InSight is based on the proven Phoenix Mars spacecraft and lander design with state-of-the-art avionics from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory missions.

InSight is more than a Mars mission - it is a terrestrial planet explorer that will open a window into the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Earth) more than four billion years ago.

The mission was originally referred to as GEMS (Geophysical Monitoring Station).
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