InSight Mars lander launch preparations, March 2018

InSight Mars lander launch preparations, March 2018

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Credit: NASA, Randy Beaudoin/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: InSight Mars lander launch preparations. Crane being used to lift part of the rocket that will be used to launch NASA's InSight Mars lander and associated CubeSats (Mars Cube One). This is a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket main booster. The InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander is designed for studying the interior of Mars. It will investigate the processes that formed and shaped Mars and its findings will improve understanding of the evolution of the inner solar system's rocky planets. Photographed at Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. InSight was launched on 5 May 2018. It is scheduled to reach Mars in November 2018. Photographed on 3 March 2018.

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