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NASA sets off InSight spacecraft to dig deep into Mars

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 May 2018, 15:26 IST

National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Saturday (local time) launched InSight spacecraft to Mars to investigate the interior parts of the red planet.
As reported by the CNN, Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations (Insight) was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in United States' California.
Atlas V 401 rocket was used to launch InSight which is the first outer space robotic explorer to study the interior of Mars, as told by a NASA announcer via NASA TV. The rocket also carried two suitcase-size spacecraft, designed 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.
Insight is on a mission to put earthquake-measuring devices known as seismometers on the plant's surface to feel for "Marsquakes".
These Mars tremors would help to reveal the underground rock layer of the planet. The data received could be compared to Earth.


First published: 6 May 2018, 15:26 IST