PIA22227: The InSight Lander

The InSight Lander


This artist's concept shows the InSight lander, its sensors, cameras and instruments.

InSight is will take the first-ever-in-depth look at Mars' "inner space." InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. Its three instruments are a seismometer, a heat flow probe, and a radio science experiment. These instruments will shed light on how warm and geologically active Mars still is, study its reflexes as it whips about in its orbit around the sun, and provide essential clues on the evolution of the rocky planets of our solar system. So while InSight is a Mars mission, it's also more than a Mars mission.

InSight will launch between May 5 through June 8, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Background Info:

JPL, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the InSight Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space, Denver, built the spacecraft. InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, which is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

For more information about the mission, go to https://mars.nasa.gov/insight .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars, Sun
System Mars
Target Type Planet Sun
Mission Mars InSight
Instrument Host
Host Type
Extra Keywords Artwork, Color, Radio
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2018-01-25
Date in Caption 2018-06-08
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA22227
Identifier PIA22227