Mars InSight landing on November 26th
PASADENA, Calif. -- On November 26th, NASA’s InSight spacecraft will attempt to land safely on Mars’ surface.
The landing will mark the end of a months long journey beginning May 5th from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California; the first ever interplanetary mission launched from the West Coast.
InSight is an acronym for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.
With the InSight lander, NASA scientists hope to learn more about Mars’ interior by monitoring the planet’s heat flow, seismic activity known as marsquakes, and more.
The lander’s prime data collecting mission is projected to last approximately two Earth years, which is only one year on Mars.
Elkhart Public Library will be hosting a free educational Mars party with refreshments, Mars-themed arts and crafts and more from 6pm-7pm EST at 300 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN 46516.
For more information on the science behind InSight, follow this link.