I could not help feeling goose bumps last week when I heard that "touchdown was confirmed," followed by the overriding, emotional applause of Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a television broadcast story.
I along with countless other Earthlings observed when the Mars InSight Landers landed on Mars.
InSight, short for Interior Exploration with seismic survey, geodesy, and heat transport, has covered nearly 485 million kilometers Seven minutes of horror as the InSight enters the atmosphere of Mars.
During this time, the InSight lowered its tremendous speed from 19,975 km / h to a leisurely 8 km / h before gently setting up the inhospitable atmosphere of our neighbor surface.
The eighth NASA mission to land on Mars will remain two years to investigate its "inner space," the deep structure of the planet, by digging a five-meter-deep hole courageously go where nobody has gone before.
The goal of the InSight project is to investigate the process that formed the planet 4.5 billion years ago. The project will provide insight (forgive the pun) on how the terrestrial planets of the inner solar system, including the Earth, were formed, essentially checking the pulse of Mars.
On Earth, I thought about a few others for insights that may not be as intriguing as those that have just landed on Mars.
The third-generation Honda Insight from 201
When Honda landed North America's first Insight in 1999, it bravely went where no automaker had been before.
Launched In 2000, the Insight beat out the Toyota Prius as the first hybrid for the North American market at seven months.
At that time, the three-door two-door with the funky rear rubbers was the most fuel-efficient. A gasoline-powered car available in the US without plug-in capability.
The wedge-shaped vehicle was small, light, and streamlined, and safely stood out from the crowd, for better or for worse. Shortly before the end of the production run in 2006, the Insight won the RAC Future Car Challenge from Brighton to London and finished the rally with a miserable consumption of 2.9 l / 100km.
The second-generation Insight was still shaped but designed to make hybrid technology more affordable for a wider range of buyers. At the time of its launch in 2009, this was the least expensive hybrid available.
That year, Garry and I decided to test Canada's environmental impetus, with the very first glimpse of land on Canadian soil, from Mile 0 of Victoria, British Columbia, on Earth Day on the Pacific.
We would drive the 1.3-liter four-cylinder Insight Insight machine across Canada on an 11,500-kilometer route that stopped for environmental influences, demonstrating what citizens, communities and businesses are doing To reduce people's carbon footprint.
Between Mile 0 in Victoria and Mile 0 in St. John's, Newfoundland, we investigated initiatives such as the spunky, socially responsible 3rd grade students from Vancouver Island, who rescued a swamp from destruction Eco Village in Saskatchewan, touring Canada's greenest zoo in Granby, Quebec, and visiting an artist from New Brunswick who makes bizarre garb gorgeous art.
The second-generation Insight was a captivating vehicle at the time and the third iteration of the Honda Insight 2019 in my driveway is much more.
The 2019 Insight, built on the Civic platform, is handsome and, in my opinion, looks better than the Civic. The wedge shape of the first two generations, this form that squealed a Nerdy Enviro car, has disappeared, and the sedan, especially in touring look, feels more mature and upscale.
A 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine makes 107 hp the 2019 Honda Insight. With two electric motors, the Insight can drive about 1.6 kilometers purely electric and produces together 129 hp at 6,000 rpm.
The switch from electrics to gasoline is hardly noticeable. This momentary torque at startup and merging increases the driving comfort factor of the Insight.
The boot in the Insight 2019, which is usually affected by the battery pack of a hybrid vehicle, is the same as that of a non-hybrid Civic thanks to Honda's clever stowage of the battery under the back seat. The rear seat is comfortable and spacious.
All the safety features you expect from Honda, such as Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning, Auto High Beam, and Traffic Sign Recognition, are standard on Insight. The Honda Insight from 2019 is a well-rounded hybrid that looks like the mainstream because it is so.
Between the arrival of InSight Landers on Mars of our neighbor, the astonishment of human achievements in science, engineering and technology and the passing of time the efficient Honda Insight of 2019, reminiscent of off-road driving, was a revealing week (here moan).
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