Space exploration is incredibly exciting, especially the strides that the human race are making to find out more about Mars. This month NASA had planned to start a new mission to the Red Planet called InSight, sadly the mission has been postponed for the time being, but will be making its way to our neighbouring planet soon,
InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is a program NASA devised that will send a geophysical lander to Mars that will have the primary purpose to explore beneath Mars’ surface. Being a terrestrial planet explorer means that InSight will hopefully be able to shed light in just how rocky planets were shaped over four billion years ago. This will tell us more about not just Mars, but also Earth and other planets in the solar system.
InSight is fitted with a number of instruments that will aid it in detecting the processes that formed the planet and will find out much more about what NASA calls
…the planet’s vital signs – Pulse (Seismology), temperature (Heat Flow Probe) and reflexes (precision Tracking).
Such an unique mission will tell NASA scientists much more about how rocky planets are formed and help us in turn understand the universe a little better. Of course this will take time, especially given the mission has been postponed, but you can still get involved by checking out InSight on NASA’s website, there is lots to do and learn, but most exciting is that you can send your name up to Mars with InSight. Yes! Your name can go to Mars, you just need to pop along to this page and fill in your details!
Hopefully it wont be long before NASA gets InSight back on track, it seems like we are learning so much about the universe right now and InSight will add so much to the exploration of our solar system.
You can find out more about InSight and how it will work once on the Red Planet here.