InSight Spacecraft launched by NASA: Guwahati/ 5th April’2018 (Prag News Desk):
NASA launched a robotic geologist completely equipped with an armed hammer and quake monitor towards Mars on Saturday, aiming to land on the red planet and explore its mysterious depth.
In a twist, NASA launched the Mars InSight lander from California rather than Florida’s Cape Canaveral. It is what can be called as NASA’s first ever interplanetary mission ever to depart from the West Coast, drawing pre-drawn crowds to Vandenberg Air Force Base and rocket watchers down the California coast into Baja.
The spacecraft will take more than 6 months to reach Mars after which it will be taking intensive exploration of the Mars surface as well as its mysterious depth. The spacecraft will be traveling 300 million miles (485 million Kilometers) to get there.
InSight Spacecraft launched by NASA
InSight will dig deeper into Mars than ever before-nearly 16 feet, or 5 meters- to take the planet’s temperature. It will also attempt to make the first measurements of mars quakes. Using a high-tech seismometer placed directly on the Martian surface.