For centuries, humankind has looked up at the stars in hopes of understanding our place in the universe. Through astounding technological advancements, we have been able to learn a great deal about the cosmos. In fact, we technically know more about the observable space than we do our own oceans. One of our biggest interests throughout history has been Mars. With these new technologies, we have been able to learn a great deal about the red planet, and yet, we are still eager to learn more. And NASA is setting out to do just that.
NASA’s Mars InSight program is its latest attempt to gain even more information from Mars. The InSight probe will launch this weekend on its journey to Mars in search of finding statistics on the planet’s seismic activity and its internal structure. In recent years, NASA has been particularly concerned with finding out new information on Mars’ potential for housing water. For this mission, NASA will look deep beyond the planet’s interior in order to discover crucial geophysical information.
With this new focus, scientists are hoping to discover more information on how the planet was created and how it is structured. After a study in 2003 found that the planet’s center was, at least, partially molten, scientists have been eager to discover more information about the planet’s internal composition, and InSight will hopefully be the mission to give them answers.
The spacecraft’s technology and probes will burrow deep into the planet’s ground in order to discover the information. It will periodically send out pulses of heat that will learn how the planet’s heat flows.
Another aspect of the mission is to discern just how severe, if at all, the planet’s marsquakes are. With the spacecraft’s technology, we can also exactly determine the planet’s core, and other similar information.
This mission could provide a great deal of information for scientists, and while it won’t probably offer any more information in regards to previous life on the planet, it could provide an idea of how future life could thrive. It’s an exciting mission and I’m eager to see what InSight finds.