PIA13958: InSight, a Mars MIssion (Artist Concept)
Mission: InSight
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Produced By: JPL
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Artist rendition of the InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Lander. InSight is based on the proven Phoenix Mars spacecraft and lander design with state-of-the-art avionics from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory missions.

InSight is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior. But InSight is more than a Mars mission -- it is a terrestrial planet explorer that will address one of the most fundamental issues of planetary and solar system science -- understanding the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Earth) more than four billion years ago.

InSight is a partnership involving JPL, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, the French Space Agency (CNES), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and other NASA centers.

For more information, see http://insight.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2012-02-28