Atlas V stands for an insight mission.
NASA's exploration of inner Mars using seismic investigations, geodesy and Thermal Transport (insight) mission is the first interplanetary launch of the US west Coast after its six-month journey, introspection descends to Mars to study the heart of Red Planet.
Credits: NASA

NASA's Mars inner exploration of utlizará seismic investigations, geodesy and Heat Transport (insight) mission is on a 300 million mile journey to Mars to study for the first time what is Encontraprofundamente below the planet's surface Red. Insight launched at 7:05 a.m. EDT (4:05 am PDT) Saturday from the Air Force Base of Vandenberg, California. "The United States continues to lead the way to Mars with this next exciting mission to study the core of the Red Planet and the geological processes," said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. "I want to congratulate all the teams of NASA and our international partners who have made this realization possible. As we continue to gain momentum in our work to send the astronauts back to the moon and to Mars, missions like insight will prove invaluable. The first reports indicate that the Atlas V rocket from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) that led to introspection to space was seen as far south as Carlsbad, California, and the Far east as Oracle, Arizona. A person recorded the video of the launch of a private plane flying along the coast of California. Assembling the second phase of the rocket Centaur, the spacecraft reached orbit of 13 minutes and 16 seconds after the launch. 79 minutes later, the Centauri lit a second time, sending a vision of a trajectory toward the red planet. Insight separated from the Centaur about 9 minutes later-93 minutes after launch-and contacted the spacecraft through NASA's Deep Space Network at 8:41 a.m. EDT (5:41 PDT).

Atlas V take off for mission insight.
Insight is on a journey of 300 million miles to Mars to study for the first time what is deep below the surface of the red planet.
Credits: NASA

"The Kennedy Space Center and Ula's teams gave us a great ride today and began introspection on our six-month-and-a-half months trip to Mars," said Tom Hoffman, project manager Insight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) In Pasadena, California. "We have received a positive indication that the probe insight is in good health and we are all excited to return to Mars to make an innovative science." With its successful launch, NASA's Insight team is now concentrating on the six-month journey. During the cruise phase of the mission, engineers will check the spacecraft subsystems and scientific instruments, making sure their solar arrays and antenna are properly oriented, following their trajectory and performing maneuvers to Keep him on course. Insight is programmed to land on the red planet around 3:00. EST Nov. 26, where it will conduct scientific operations until November 24, 2020, which is equivalent to one year and 40 days on Mars, or almost two years of the Earth. "Scientists have dreamed of making seismology on Mars for years. In my case, I had this dream 40 years ago as a graduate student, and now that the shared dream has been lofted through the clouds and in reality, "said Bruce Conerdt, chief investigator Insight at JPL. Insight Lander will probe and collect data on marsquakes, heat flux from the interior of the planet and the way the planet Oscillates, to help scientists understand what Mars does tick and the processes that have shaped the four rocky planets of our system Solar interior. "Discernment not only teaches us about Mars, but will improve our understanding of the formation of other rocky worlds such as the Earth and the moon, and thousands of planets around other stars," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate Administrator of the Mission NASA's Scientific Directorate for Agency headquarters in Washington. "Insight connects science and technology to a diverse team of international and commercial partners led by JPL." Previous missions to Mars investigated the history of the surface of the red Planet, examining features such as canyons, volcanoes, rocks and soil, but no one tried to investigate the earliest evolution of the planet, which can only be found by looking far below of the surface. "Insight will help us unlock the mysteries of Mars in a new way, not just by studying the surface of the planet, but looking into the background to help us learn about the first building blocks of the planet," said director Michael Watkins, JPL. JPL manages the vision of the NASA scientific Mission Board. Insight is part of the NASA Discovery program, run by the Marshall of the Space Center Flight agency in Huntsville, Alabama. The spacecraft insight, including the Cruise Stage and Lander, was built and tested by Lockheed Martin's space in Denver. The NASA Launch Service program at the Kennedy Space Center of the Florida Agency is responsible for the acquisition of launch, integration, analysis and launch management services. Centennial's Launch Alliance, Colorado, is NASA's launch service provider. Several European partners, including the Études National Center of Space in France (CNES) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), are supporting the mission insight. CNES provided the seismic experiment for the Inner structure instrument (six), with significant contributions from the Max Planck Institute of Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen, Germany. The DLR provided the heat flow instrument and the physical properties package (HP3).

Go, Atlas. Go, centaur. Go, Insight! NASA's Insight mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force base to Mars on May 5, 2018 – The first interplanetary launch of the West Coast. Introspection is expected to land on the red Planet on Nov. 26, 2018. More than a mission to Mars, Insight will help scientists understand the formation and early evolution of all the rocky planets, including the Earth.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

For more information on insight, and to follow along your flight to Mars, visit:


Dwayne Brown/Joanna Wendel Headquarters, Washington 202-358-1726/358-1003 D.C. Agle/Andrew Good Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. 818-354-5011
Last Updated: May 5, 2018
Publisher: Katherine Brown