Feature | May 6, 2018

10 Things: InSight Encore

By Phil Davis

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    Miss the first interplanetary launch from California? The beginning of the first mission to explore the interior of Mars? And the debut of the first experimental deep space CubeSats?

    We’ve got you covered.

    1. Highlights

    Miss the launch? Watch the highlights.

    2. Meet InSight

    Gravity Assist: A conversation with NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green and Bruce Banerdt, InSight’s principal investigator.

    3. Meet MarCO

    Annie Marinan, a Mars Cube One (MarCO) systems engineer, describes the first test of an interplanetary CubeSat. The robotic twins checked in from space a few hours later.

    4. Foggy Forecast

    The U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing accurately predicted thick fog for launch day. While fog blocked the view for spectators at Vandenberg Air Force Base, it did not stop an on-time launch.

    5. Rolled Back and Ready

    NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured this stunning, fog-shrouded view of the Atlas-V a few hours before launch on May 5.

    6. Go Atlas!

    A remove camera captured the moment the Atlas-V ride to Mars lifted off the pad.

    7. Go InSight!

    The Atlas-V carrying the InSight and MarCO spacecraft clears the launch tower at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Read the full story.

    8. The View from Mt. Wilson

    Doug Ellison, who works on Mars rover missions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, captured this time-lapse sequence of the launch from the mountains above the city of Los Angeles.

    9. The View from NASA HQ

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, right, and NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, watched the launch at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

    10. Follow the Journey

    Both InSight and MarCO have checked in with NASA’s Deep Space Network. Watch interplanetary spacecraft talk to Earth anytime on the DSN Now website.