This past weekend, scientists and engineers working on NASA’s InSight mission visited our museum for activities and exhibits, and shared with the community the difference between Earthquakes and the Marsquakes that InSight will try to detect.
InSight launched on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base -- the first interplanetary launch from the West Coast. Leading up to the landing on Mars on November 26, the Mars InSight Roadshow stopped at various cities throughout quake-prone California to explain how the robotic lander will study Mars’ deep interior using seismology and other geophysical measurements. If you can’t tell from our photos, we had a great time! // 📷: @joshlequire / @cristinasorice / @veg_cam / @daniel.avocado
Stayed up trying to finish a few shirts before we take Maddie to her concert tomorrow, so I thought I would try to get a pic of Mars before I called it a night. First off, these clouds! 🤦🏻♀️ Secondly, I need a longer lens and a telescope. Astronomy is so fascinating to me, but this stinking 400mm doesn’t reach the stars. Here’s what I did get though, quite blurry but still cool nonetheless! Top is a shot of the Moon with Mars as tiny dot in the bottom left corner, 2nd pic is Mars cropped as far as I could crop it. #marsinsight#marsandthemoon#needalongerlens#astrologygeek
“Mars-shine” - Mars is approaching the closest it’s been to Earth in 15 years! Can see the Sun’s light reflect off Mars in the water? Images Of Assateague had a blast capturing this moment during the new Moon on the Island. Can’t wait for Mars close approach next weekend!! #marscloseapproach07312018
This year was the third year we've collaborated with the Rose Bowl’s “Americafest" Fourth of July celebration! 🇺🇸 Our Mars InSight Roadshow team featured marsquake demonstrations where both kids and adults could jump and see seismometer readings on a screen — simulating how InSight’s seismometer, SEIS, will work on the martian surface. #MarsInsight
Honored to have another (rocket!) image published in the August issue of my favorite magazine, Sky & Telescope. The typical Vandenberg fog moved in during rollout of the Atlas V containing NASA’s Mars InSight Lander. After a 300 million mile journey, InSight is set to arrive at Mars on November 26, landing on the planet’s Elysium Planitia region located near the equator.
Did water flow on #Mars ? The red planet has terrestrial features such as teardrop-shaped islands. These are similar to landscapes found on Earth and are all characteristic of erosion caused by the flow of water. #space#mars#MARSINSIGHT#galaxy#univers
Pulling out all the stops here @nasajpl for the upcoming Open House his weekend Jun 9 & 10. I see displays already out for #mars2020#marsinsight among others. It will be like a space carnival! Unfortunately, if you didn’t already get the (free) tix you won’t be getting in. But as always, I’m happy to show my friends around during the week. Highly recommended going to the open house at least once though. You get to see some things I don’t have access to and pick up some awesome space swag #marsroadshow#nasajpl#tickettoexplore#jplopenhouse2018#explorejpl
My third remote camera captured this foggy image from NASA’s InSight launch on May 5 at Vandenberg AFB. In 175 days, the world will be watching and awaiting confirmation that InSight has indeed landed on Mars. The lander will explore the red planet’s seismic interior and heat flow, helping to further our knowledge and understanding of the solar system.
#nasa#nasainsight#atlasv#marsinsight#marscubeone @teslarati @miopstrigger
This arc of burning light, casting off the earth with a fiery shrug, is the Mars InSight Lander curving its way across a Californian sky.
The spacecraft is due to land this November, and will burrow into Mars to take seismic readings and determine what lies beneath the surface of our neighbour.
What it might find will also tell us more about our own planet; and how our solar system formed - I can’t wait to uncover another tiny slice of this vast cosmic history... 🌍🚀
In the meantime, let’s appreciate this incredible image captured by @lensblrnetwork .. The most epic long exposure shot I’ve seen in a while! 🤘🏽
Nearly a month has passed since NASA’s InSight launch, bringing the countdown to 179 days until the anticipated Martian landing on Nov 26. The opportunity I was granted to spend some time in the cleanroom containing an actual Mars lander was a ridiculously surreal moment.
Boarding completed: Audun Molde er på vei til Mars!
Riktignok ikke i fysisk format, men navnet er ombord i NASAs Mars Insight, sammen med ca 2,5 mill andre jordboere som liker å legge ut på nye eventyr. Lang tur, planen er å lande 26 november.
Move over Rover—if you’re keeping up-to-date on space news, you may have heard about an unusual spacecraft recently launched to Mars named InSight. Planetarium Manager Marc Taylor gives us some "insight" on the spacecraft's mission: "It will place a seismometer on the Martian surface and a sensitive thermometer more than a meter under the surface. The seismometer will look for “Marsquakes” and the thermometer will attempt to measure how much heat still resides in Mars’ core." Coincidentally, one of the other spacecrafts now exploring the planets is also attempting to determine its inner workings—the Jupiter probe Juno is studying its mysterious interior. Learn about the latest discoveries in our live planetarium show "The Sky Tonight," Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm. http://ow.ly/U1f930jWSv9
NASA's InSight spacecraft, which launched last Saturday, is already millions of miles from Earth! It is scheduled to land on the Red Planet on November 26, 2018, just around Thanksgiving Day. InSight carries tools and instruments to give Mars a "check up," just like you get at the doctor, including taking Mars' temperature! #marsinsight#nasa#space
More on the mission: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/insight/overview/index.html
#theweekendwarriors pt. 2
We showed up at 4:05AM to watch the #MarsInsight Mission..... instead we looked at a wall of fog and listened to the rocket launch. Didn’t post the video (which is only audio) because honestly someone else out there has actual footage LOL anyways this weekend was fun af - ty friends for being da coolesttt 👽😎🚀
Attended the successful launch of the @nasainsight from Vandenberg Air Force Base yesterday morning!!! ⭐️🚀🌌
Bae snapped this photo in front of a 1:1 scale model of the Mars InSight Lander during our Media Day.
Don’t think I could have felt any cooler this weekend and it is all thanks to the superior force in fashion from @alphaindustries. They started off as a military clothing contractor and have evolved to serve grateful plebians like you and me!!! 😜🤘
I LITERALLY had #tearsofjoy this morning with the successful launch of InSight @nasa #marsinsight .
I was hoping it would launch from @nasajohnson so I could watch. With the six week launch window, Vandenberg AFB in CA was a better location with scheduling. I wasn't expecting it to launch during the first window this morning and was really excited! It's scheduled to land on #Mars on November 26, 2018.
"Previous missions to Mars have investigated the surface history of the Red Planet by examining features like canyons, volcanoes, rocks and soil. However, signatures of the planet's formation can only be found by sensing and studying its "vital signs" far below the surface.
In comparison to the other terrestrial planets, Mars is neither too big nor too small. This means that it preserves the record of its formation and can give us insight into how the terrestrial planets formed. It is the perfect laboratory from which to study the formation and evolution of rocky planets. Scientists know that Mars has low levels of geological activity. But a lander like InSight can also reveal just how active Mars really is." -NASA https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/mission/overview/
This is just another way we're doing a walk-through with the inspector before moving in.
"Mars InSight Lander Rocket Flyby"
Photo & Video by @HugeRhino
Hugh Ryono is a nature photographer and long-time friend who lives about 30 miles south of me. I'm sharing his recordings because my Smartphone camera isn't capable of capturing such images. Please, follow his Instagram account.
Last night, I stayed up past 4:00 a.m. to see the @NASA Mars InSight rocket flyby. I was not disappointed. It lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:05 a.m. and was visible several minutes later in the skies over Los Angeles County beaches. It soared along steadily with a slight rumble, glowing bright orange with a fiery orange tail.
My best view was right from my backyard. This morning, in the pre-dawn hours, the residents of my area were blessed with good visibility. Unfortunately, those who drove to the launch site to see the rocket blast off in person were not so lucky, although several did say they were extremely impressed by the sound. It's a gamble with Southern California skies, especially near the coast. At night, we are often under fog or heavy clouds.
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. "If you live in Southern California and the weather is right, you'll probably have a better view of the launch than I will," said Tom Hoffman, project manager for NASA's InSight mission from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "I'll be stuck inside a control room looking at monitors -- which is not the best way to enjoy an Atlas 5 on its way to Mars." ~
Repost from @luis_quevedo - Viaje al Planeta Rojo: Mañana arranca!!!⠀
Todos los sistemas están listos para el próximo lanzamiento de la @NASA a Marte. ⠀
El despegue temprano en la madrugada del sábado del módulo de aterrizaje #InSightMars será la primera vez que se origina un lanzamiento interplanetario desde la costa oeste. InSight está programado para su lanzamiento desde el Complejo 3E de lanzamiento de Space Space 3E de la Base Aérea Vandenberg el 5 de mayo, durante una apertura de ventana de lanzamiento de dos horas a las 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT).⠀
Crédito de la imagen: NASA / Bill Ingalls⠀
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