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  • Status of NASA’s InSight Mars Mission InSight: [Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport]

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    Dr. Ramon P. De Paula, United States, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


    Mr. Tom Hoffman, United States, Jet Propulsion Laboratory - California Institute of Technology


    Dr. William Bruce Banerdt, United States, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory



    This paper will provide a summary and status of NASA’s InSight Mission (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport). The presentation will discuss the spacecraft landing on Mars, the instrument deployment phase, and the latest status of its Science Operations.
    InSight is a lander mission with strong international partnership. NASA and its international partners developed a set of complex instruments for geophysical investigation for deployment on the surface of Mars. The team overcame a serious of technical challenges during the development phase, launched the mission on May 05, 2018, successfully landed on Mars on November 26, 2018, completed the instrument surface deployment on February 25, 2019,  and immediately started the Science Operations that is planned to continue until Dec 2020.
    InSight’s science is very unique, it is an investigation of the terrestrial planets that will address fundamental issues of planet formation and evolution with a study of the deep interior of Mars.  The InSight mission will seek to understand the evolutionary formation of rocky planets, including Earth, by investigating the crust and core of Mars.  InSight will also investigate the dynamics of any Martian tectonic activity and meteorite impacts and compare this with like phenomena on Earth.
    The paper will present a summary of the current status of the InSight mission, the Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL), instrument deployment and summary of scientific results the plans for the next two years of science.
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    IAC-19,A3,3A,4,x53058.pdf (🔒 authorized access only).

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