NASA sets off InSight spacecraft to dig deep into Mars

NASA sets off InSight spacecraft to dig deep into Mars

NASA sets off InSight spacecraft to dig deep into Mars

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all rocky planets formed, including Earth and its Moon.

NASA on Saturday successfully launched a spacecraft that will study the interior of Mars. The data received could be compared to Earth.

The spacecraft is expected to reach Mars in late November, after travelling 484 million kilometres.

The InSight probe was carried into orbit from a launch site in California at around 4:05 a.m. local time. "We're going back to Mars".

The mission is the first interplanetary spacecraft to be launched over the Pacific. The rocket also carried two suitcase-size spacecraft, created to orbit Mars.InSight embarked on a six-month journey will is expected to land upon Mars on November 26 joining five other NASA spacecraft operating on Mars.

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"Humanity's next mission to Mars has left the pad!"

An Atlas 5 rocket sent the probe hurtling towards Mars, a voyage which is expected to take around six months.

As part of its two-year mission, the 358-kilogram (790-pound) lander will burrow instruments several meters deep into the Martian crust to check the "vital signs" of the planet, according to NASA.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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