NASA has launched a podcast series of eight episodes following the InSight mission as the robot explorer travels to Mars to land on November 26th.
The first two episodes of the "On a Mission" series are now available for download, the US Space Agency said in a charter on Tuesday.
The eight-episode series follows the InSight Lander, which covers hundreds of millions of miles and attempts to land on Mars on November 26th.
"On a Mission" will be the first NASA podcast tracking a mission during the flight, through interviews with the InSight team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
"When all goes well It just looks, but it's really not easy," said Sue Smrekar, deputy head of the InSight mission. "Any kind of exploration is simply not easy or guaranteed – never."
Told by the members of host and science journalist Leslie Mullen and the InSight team, each episode combines humor and captivating storytelling to focus on the journey of the Lander and the people for years working on it.
New episodes are released weekly as InSight approaches Mars.
The last episode describes what happens when the team tries to land InSight on the Red Planet.
If successful, the lander will be the first robot to study the "inner space" of the planet – its crust, its mantle and core – to better understand the early formation of rocky planets in our inner solar system and rocky exoplanets.
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