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InSight deploys heat flow package

NASA’s InSight lander has placed its second instrument on the Martian surface. New images confirm that the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, or HP3, was successfully deployed on Feb. 12 about 3 feet (1 meter) from InSight’s seismometer, which … Continue reading

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InSight: Wind and thermal shield placed on Sol 66

[From Emily Lakdawalla’s blog at the Planetary Society] Just a brief update to point out that the InSight mission has successfully placed the wind and thermal shield over the seismometer. The seismometer will now be shielded from winds and kept … Continue reading

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InSight: Seismometer now has a cozy shelter

For the past several weeks, NASA’s InSight lander has been making adjustments to the seismometer it set on the Martian surface on Dec. 19. Now it’s reached another milestone by placing a domed shield over the seismometer to help the … Continue reading

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InSight update, Sols 25-42, by Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society

In the weeks since my last update, InSight has methodically worked through most of the long list of activities required to set up its sensitive seismometer experiment, SEIS. Engineers have leveled the seismometer and worked on cable management. Most significantly … Continue reading

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InSight update, Sols 1-24, by Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society

It’s been a busy first three weeks on the InSight mission, and they’ve already achieved a major milestone: placing the seismometer on the ground. In this post I’ll give a few brief highlights of the latest mission activities, and then … Continue reading

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InSight: Lander has its SEIS on the ground

Sol 24, December 21, 2018. This view was taken through the dust-spattered lens of the Instrument Context Camera and shows the deployed SEIS seismometer on the ground in front of the lander. Each ICC image has a field of view … Continue reading

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ESA: Self-driving rovers tested in Mars-like Morocco

Robots invaded the Sahara Desert for Europe’s largest rover field test, taking place in a Mars-like part of Morocco. For two weeks three rovers and more than 40 engineers tested automated navigation systems at up to five different sites. This … Continue reading

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InSight: Pre-launch briefing videocast

InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast, is targeted to launch at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) on May 5 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, aboard a … Continue reading

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InSight: Tour a Mars robot test lab

NASA’s InSight lander looks a bit like an oversized crane game: when it lands on Mars this November, its robotic arm will be used to grasp and move objects on another planet for the first time. And like any crane … Continue reading

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InSight cleared for 2018 launch

NASA is moving forward with a spring 2018 launch of its InSight mission to study the deep interior of Mars, following final approval this week by the agency’s Science Mission Directorate. The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat … Continue reading

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