NASA’s Exploration Craft Will Touch Down On Mars On November 26th
It has always been a dream of humans to explore other planets. The planets we want to see are in far locations, some in our solar system and others in far-away places like the Andromeda galaxy. It’s an ambitious dream, but we need to start small. So why not Mars?
The ‘red planet,’ as it’s called because of the iron-rich soil, has been at the top of the list for humanity’s future homeworld. It is known for having a lot of similarities to Earth, but much more research is required before any human can set foot on the planet.
On May 5 of this year, NASA launched the Insight Mars Lander on a new mission. And when the craft touches down on November 26th, people from all over the world will be able to watch it live through the space agency’s social media channels.
Insight is a very ambitious project, intended to gather a great deal more information about the surface that previous missions have gathered.
It will be digging into the surface of Mars about 5 meters to determine the inner temperature of Mars. Equipped with its very own seismograph to place on the red soil, the lender will also measure marsquakes.
According to NASA “the landing will kick off a two-year mission in which Insight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars’ deep interior. Its data also will help scientists understand the formation of all rocky worlds, including our own.”
The craft will touch down on a place near the equator known as Elysium Planitia, the Mars version of Earth’s Great Plains. Study of the planet’s interior is expected to teach us how Mars, Earth, and other similar planets were formed.
The seismograph is expected to detect measurements that will allow scientist to learn many details about the planet’s core.
Who knows what Insight will find hidden underneath the surface.