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NASA's InSight Lander is buttoned up to travel to Mars – Spaceflight Now



InSight's Atlas 5 launch vehicle payload fairing was closed to the spacecraft on April 16. Image: USAF 30th Space Wing

Now enveloped in a heat shield and the nosecap of an Atlas 5 rocket sending them to Mars, NASA's InSight Lander is waiting for Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on May 5. out.

These photos show InSight's heat shield with a diameter of about 2.6 meters, which was lifted on April 12 on the back shell of the spaceship for the journey to Mars. The heat shield and back shell protect the probe as it descends through the Martian atmosphere.

Once fully assembled in its travel configuration – with solid solar wings to deliver power during its nearly seven-month voyage to Mars – the 1,530-pound (694-kilogram) InSight spacecraft was deployed in the Atlas 5 rocket's payload fairing Enclosed April 16th.

The shroud measures about 13 feet or 4 meters in diameter and is launched from the Atlas 5 rocket about four and a half minutes after take-off.

InSight and its payload fairing were transported on April 23 from a payload processing clean room to the Space Launch Complex 3-East in Vandenberg. A crane hoisted the payload on the Atlas 5 rocket in the mobile gantry launch pad, lid construction of the 57 meter long thrower

The launch is scheduled for May 5 during a two hour start window at 4:05 pm PDT (7:05 pm EDT ; 1105 o'clock) provided MEDIUM GREENWICH TIME). The mission will have time to leave Earth during this year's Mars launch phase until June 8, or wait until mid-2020.

Landing on Mars is scheduled for November 26 when InSight fires a parachute and Rockets dropping on a broad equatorial plane called Elysium Planitia to begin investigating seismic activity of the red planet and investigating its internal structure

Photo: USAF 30th Space Wing / Tony Vauclin
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Credit: USAF 30th Space Wing / Leif Heimbold
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