The rocket is also carrying a pair of miniature satellites called CubeSats, which will fly to Mars behind the lander. Pulling from this extensive experience, the InSight spacecraft incorporates advanced technology and lessons learned from previous Mars missions.
It was originally called the Geophysical Monitoring Station, or GEMS, but NASA changed the name to InSight in 2012. It was a rare treat for space enthusiasts in California, as it's the first interplanetary mission ever to launch from the West Coast.
The full statement from NASA follows below. "I want to congratulate all the teams from NASA and our worldwide partners who made this accomplishment possible".
The video below is a replay of the live launch broadcast. United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colorado, is providing the Atlas V launch vehicle.
The craft is due to touch down on Mars on November 26.
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It will take the spacecraft more than six months to get to Mars.
"We've received positive indication the InSight spacecraft is in good health and we are all excited to be going to Mars once again to do groundbreaking science".
This launch was still a stellar success.
Meanwhile, a special transmitter on the lander will send radio signals back to Earth, tracking Mars' subtle rotational wobble to reveal the size of the planet's core and possibly whether it remains molten. But as Insight's principal investigator William "Bruce" Banerdt sees it, that's just scratching the surface.
The second main instrument is a self-hammering probe that will monitor heat in the planet's subsurface.
"This mission will help us understand how rocky planets- those four inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars - how they were formed", the team leader explained. "Our team is thrilled to have worked with JPL on this project".
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He explained rovers have already explored the surface of Mars, but the lander will allow scientists to literally dig deeper and learn how the planet was formed.
JPL manages InSight for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The 1,530-lb (694-kg) spacecraft presently consists of a cruise stage, a lander, and an aeroshell to protect the lander during its hypersonic passage through the thin Marian atmosphere.
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One, a sensitive seismometer by the French Space Agency that will essentially help scientists determine what Mars's crust is like, the depth of its mantle and the nature of its core.
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