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Lockheed Martin‏Подлинная учетная запись @LockheedMartin 8 ч.8 часов назад

Unveiling the @NASAInSight Mars Lander! We shipped the lander to California on February 28 and it’s launching to #Mars May 5.
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Mars InSight Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base

 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Опубликовано: 7 мар. 2018 г.

NASA's InSight spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to begin final preparations for launch. InSight will be the first mission to look deep beneath the Martian surface, studying the planet's interior by listening for marsquakes and measuring its heat output. It will be the first planetary spacecraft to launch from this west coast launch facility. The launch period for InSight opens May 5, 2018 and continues through June 8, 2018. For more about the mission, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/insight .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQtjra0uEnc (0:40)
 
Engineering For Mars: NASA InSight Mission Test Lab (360 Video)

 
https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/mission/timeline/launch/
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About InSight's Launch

InSight is scheduled to launch under pre-dawn skies from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central coast of California in May 2018.

The mission's launch period is May 5 through June 8, 2018, with daily launch windows that last two hours per day. Launch opportunities are set five minutes apart during each date's launch window. The first opportunity begins at approximately 4:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 5.

InSight will launch from Launch Complex 3 and ride atop an Atlas V-401 rocket provided by United Launch Alliance, Centennial Colorado, a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.

The Atlas V is one of the biggest rockets available for interplanetary flight. This is the same type of rocket that launched the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2005.

The launch is only the beginning; the trip to Mars takes about six months. The journey is about 301 million miles (485 million kilometers).

No matter at what particular time and date InSight launches during its launch windows, its date with Mars is set for Nov. 26, 2018.
 
https://www.nasa.gov/social/witness-the-first-interplanetary-launch-from-west-coast
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March 13, 2018

Witness NASA's Next Mars Spacecraft Liftoff in the First Interplanetary Launch fr om the West Coast

Are you a digital creator, citizen journalist or active on social media? Do you have an idea for a unique way to share the story of the West Coast's first interplanetary rocket launch? Apply now to attend launch activities for NASA's InSight mission, May 3-5, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California.
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Last Updated: March 13, 2018
Editor: Emily Furfaro
 
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NASA_LSP‏Подлинная учетная запись @NASA_LSP 1 ч. назад

The @ulalaunch #AtlasV booster for @NASAInSight's Mars mission was recently lifted to vertical in preparation for the first interplanetary launch from the west coast on May 5.
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https://blogs.nasa.gov/insight/2018/03/21/nasas-insight-arrives-at-vandenberg-begins-preflight-processing/
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NASA’s InSight arrives at Vandenberg, Begins Preflight Processing

Bob Granath
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at 11:14 am




Inside the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, or InSight, spacecraft has been mounted on to a rotation fixture for testing. InSight is scheduled to launch May 5, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket for its trip to Mars.
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Кстати, а почему запуск с Ванденберга?
Вроде к Марсу всегда с Канаверала запускали?
 
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Spaceflight Now‏ @SpaceflightNow сейчас1 минуту назад


Ground crews at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California have raised an Atlas 5 rocket on its launch pad for liftoff of NASA’s InSight Mars lander in May. InSight will be the first mission to another planet to launch from the West Coast.
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https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/03/23/atlas-5-rocket-assembled-for-first-mars-mission-launch-from-vandenberg/
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Atlas 5 rocket assembled for first Mars mission launch fr om Vandenberg
March 23, 2018 | Stephen Clark


The Atlas 5’s first stage booster for the InSight mission arrives at Space Launch Complex 3-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Credit: NASA/Randy Beaudoin

Ground crews at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California raised a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on its launch pad earlier this month in preparation for liftoff May 5 with NASA’s InSight lander heading to Mars.

The two-stage rocket was assembled in three pieces, beginning with the stacking of the Atlas 5’s first stage booster March 3 at Space Launch Complex 3-East. The first stage’s RD-180 main engine will burn a mixture of kerosene and liquid oxygen to send the InSight spacecraft out of the Earth’s atmosphere during the first four minutes of the flight.

The Atlas 5’s Centaur upper stage, powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10 engine, was installed on top of the first stage March 6. The Centaur engine, consuming liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, will dispatch the InSight probe with enough velocity to escape Earth’s gravity and head for Mars.

Two days later, on March 8, a boattail structure was added to the top of the Centaur stage. The boattail provides an aerodynamic and structural connection between the Centaur and the Atlas 5’s payload fairing, which will be lifted on top of the rocket with the InSight spacecraft next month.

Liftoff is scheduled for May 5 during two-hour launch window that opens at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT; 1105 GMT). The InSight mission has until June 8 to depart Earth, a month-long period determined by the planetary positions of Earth and Mars in the solar system.
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Mars in a Minute: Are There Quakes on Mars?

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Опубликовано: 28 мар. 2018 г.

Are there earthquakes on Mars?  Or rather, "marsquakes?"  And what could they teach us about the Red Planet?  Find out more in this 60-second video and by visiting mars.nasa.gov/insight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dc-8WOtJPY (1:00)
 
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NASA Mars InSight Overview

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Опубликовано: 29 мар. 2018 г.

NASA's next mission to Mars is weeks away from its May 2018 launch. InSight is more than a Mars mission. Its team members hope to unlock the mysteries of the formation and evolution of rocky planets, including Earth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKLITDmm4NA (2:31)
 
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InSight: Digging Deep into Mars

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Трансляция началась 16 часов назад

Original air date: Thursday, March 29 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET, 2100 UTC)

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander will study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all rocky planets formed, including Earth and its moon. The lander's instruments include a seismometer to detect marsquakes and a probe that will monitor the flow of heat in the planet's subsurface.

News briefing participants were:

• Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington
• Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at JPL
• Tom Hoffman, InSight project manager at JPL
• Jaime Singer, InSight instrument deployment lead at JPL

InSight will be the first planetary spacecraft to take off from the West Coast. It's scheduled to launch May 5 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. If pre-dawn skies are clear, the launch will be visible from Santa Maria to San Diego, California.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2Hh3FeRrMU (1:00:49)
 
https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/getting-insight-on-the-interior-of-mars
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March 29, 2018

Getting InSight on the Interior of Mars



Testing continued on NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, or InSight, spacecraft on inside the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in early March 2018.

InSight is scheduled to launch on May 5, 2018, and will be the first mission to explore the deep interior of Mars, studying the size, thickness, density and overall structure of the Red Planet's core, mantle and crust. It will investigate processes that shaped all the rocky planets of the inner solar system, including Earth.

Learn more about the InSight mission.

Image Credit: USAF 30th Space Wing/Alex Valdez

Last Updated: March 29, 2018
Editor: Yvette Smith
 
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NASAInSight‏ @NASAInSight 6 ч. назад

Last look from the cleanroom in the Astrotech facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base before I fly ~301 million miles to get to #Mars. My launch is scheduled for #CincoDeMayo at 4:05 a.m. Pacific. More on my launch: http://go.nasa.gov/2E7JZkY
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Watching the First Interplanetary Launch fr om America’s West Coast

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Опубликовано: 6 апр. 2018 г.

NASA's InSight to Mars will be the first interplanetary launch from America’s West Coast. Residents in some of California’s coastal communities could get a front row seat when the mission launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Here’s when and wh ere to see it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuNfBRaywU4 (2:09)
 
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7095
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APRIL 6, 2018

Bound for Mars: Countdown to First Interplanetary Launch fr om California


NASA's InSight to Mars undergoes final preparations at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., ahead of its May 5 launch date. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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In the early morning hours of May 5, millions of Californians will have an opportunity to witness a sight they have never seen before - the historic first interplanetary launch from America's West Coast. On board the 189-foot-tall (57.3-meter) United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will be NASA's InSight spacecraft, destined for the Elysium Planitia region located in Mars' northern hemisphere. The May 5 launch window for the InSight mission opens at 4:05 am PDT (7:05 EDT, 11:05 UTC) and remains open for two hours.
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https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/04/08/nasas-insight-lander-inside-one-month-to-launch-toward-mars/
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NASA’s InSight lander inside one month to launch toward Mars
April 8, 2018 | Stephen Clark


InSight’s heat shield (left) will soon be re-installed on the Mars lander (right) in preparation for launch May 5 fr om Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Credit: Alex Polimeni/Spaceflight Now

NASA’s InSight Mars lander will be buttoned up for launch in the coming weeks at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, in preparation for its hoisting atop an Atlas 5 rocket for blastoff in the predawn hours of May 5.

The Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft has completed a series of checkouts since arriving at Vandenberg, a military base located northwest of Los Angeles, on Feb. 28. Engineers removed the InSight lander’s heat shield for final electronics testing and fueling.

With fuel for its control thrusters and landing rockets now loaded, and launch less than four weeks away, ground crews inside the Astrotech spacecraft processing facility at Vandenberg will re-install the heat shield, lift the spacecraft on top of the Atlas 5’s payload attach fitting, then encapsulate the probe inside the Atlas 5’s nose shroud.

Once cocooned inside the payload fairing, InSight will be transported to Space Launch Complex 3-East at Vandenberg, where cranes will hoist the spacecraft on top of the Atlas 5 launcher already assembled at the pad inside a mobile service tower.

ULA’s launch team completed a fueling test and countdown rehearsal on the Atlas 5 rocket last month. Such tests, called “wet dress rehearsals,” are not part of a normal Atlas 5 launch campaign, but officials ordered the operation as an extra step to ensure the rocket is ready for InSight’s 34-day launch period.

Liftoff is scheduled for May 5 during a two-hour launch window opening at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT; 1105 GMT).
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Как я понял, они собираются до Марса за 5 месяцев добраться.
Старт в мае 2018.
Прибытие на Марс в ноябре 2018.

Как-то быстро.
 
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Chris B - NSF‏ @NASASpaceflight 6 мин. назад

FEATURE ARTICLE: InSight ready for final preparations for a trip to land on Mars -

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/04/insight-final-preparations-trip-land-mars/

- By Philip Sloss including photos from him at the media event.
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