Washington: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is all set to launch its first-ever such mission to the Red Planet to study the deep interior of the Martian surface and find traces of how it was formed.
NASA’s first interplanetary launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the Mars-bound InSight lander is scheduled for May 5.
The US space agency’s InSight spacecraft, on board the 189-foot-tall (57.3-meter) United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, will be destined for the Elysium Planitia region located in Mars’ northern hemisphere to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet.
NASA said in a statement on Tuesday, InSight is planned for landing at Red Planet on November 26.
Tom Hoffman, Project Manager for NASA’s InSight mission from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California said,”If you live in Southern California and the weather is right, you’ll probably have a better view of the launch than I will.”
People from as far north as…