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 Post subject: InSight
PostPosted: August 26th, 2015, 5:15 pm 
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The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport Mission is one of NASA's Discovery spacecraft. This lander will focus on the geophysics of Mars, attempting to understand the formation of all of the Solar System's rocky planets, by investigating the interior structure and processes of Mars.

The current timeline is...
Launch from Earth: sometime from 4 March to 30 March 2016
Landing on Mars: 28 September 2016
First Science Returned to Earth: sometime in October 2016
InSight is expected to operate for 728 Earth days, or 708 Martian "sols"--about two Earth years.
More information: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/insight/overview/index.html

Anyone who wants to "travel" with InSight by sending his or her name along with the spacecraft has until 8 September to enter a name into NASA's InSight database...
http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/send-your-name-to-mars-on-nasas-next-red-planet-mission

Right now the number of "flyers" from Louisiana is between 1100 and 1200. Let's try to get that number to 2000! Tell your family, friends, coworkers and fellow students.


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 Post subject: Re: InSight
PostPosted: September 1st, 2015, 5:04 pm 
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The number of Louisiana "flyers" is now 1443 as of this entry.

I've sent a request to the Mars Town Hall area of NASA asking if state participation can't be listed also by proportion of population. It seems unfair to have two states "tied" at 1500 entries each if one has a half-million more people than the other.


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 Post subject: Re: InSight
PostPosted: September 5th, 2015, 6:10 pm 
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Three days to go! The number of Louisiana "flyers" is now 1951.

I received a response from Mars Outreach. It said that personnel over there are "keeping things simple" but that my recommendation will be forwarded to the webmasters.


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 Post subject: Re: InSight
PostPosted: September 7th, 2015, 5:18 pm 
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Just one day left. My suggested goal of over 2000 Louisiana "flyers" has been reached--the number is now 2130! Thanks to everyone who helped. Let's try for 2200.


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 Post subject: Re: InSight
PostPosted: September 10th, 2015, 1:27 pm 
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Wow! Louisiana finished with 2857 names sent! Good for us! I'll attempt to create a state list of involvement by proportion of population and post it soon.


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 Post subject: Re: InSight
PostPosted: September 27th, 2015, 5:57 pm 
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Details are under wraps until 10am CDT, but apparently a "major Martian mystery" has been solved, the solution of which will be announced at a press conference at the James Webb Auditorium in D.C. at 10:30am CDT. The press conference will be broadcast live on NASA-TV1 and NASA-TV2.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-announce-mars-mystery-solved


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 Post subject: Re: InSight
PostPosted: December 22nd, 2015, 3:19 pm 
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NASA has suspended the 2016 launch of InSight. I don't know if this means a temporary hold on the mission, or whether the mission itself is gone and its goals incorporated into another NASA spacecraft. I don't know whether the names of all the "flyers" will be on another launch.

There will be a live teleconference in a few minutes (at 2:30pm CST)...
http://www.nasa.gov/news/media/newsaudio/index.html


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 Post subject: Re: InSight
PostPosted: December 26th, 2015, 7:18 pm 
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The teleconference was informative. These were the list participants...
*John Grunsfield, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate
*Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division
*Marc Pircher, CNES director
*Philippe Laudet, CNES project manager for SEIS
*Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at JPL

Dwayne Brown helmed the event.

Basically, a series of leaks destroyed any possibility of keeping the construction on track for the mandatory upcoming launch window. A launch for InSight will be attempted during our next close approach to Mars.


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 Post subject: Re: InSight
PostPosted: March 3rd, 2018, 2:09 pm 
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Right now on NASA-TV1 a special entitled "Looking Deep--The InSight Mission to Mars" is being shown. It will be rebroadcast on NASA-TV1 at 8pm CST tonight (which can be viewing at the Highland Road Park Observatory during Evening Sky Viewing Plus), and 12pm CST and 5pm CST tomorrow.

More information:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2018&month=2


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 Post subject: Re: InSight
PostPosted: March 29th, 2018, 1:11 pm 
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Today at 4pm CDT the InSight media briefing will occur. Both NASA-TVs will show it. The footage of the briefing will be rerun on both NASA-TVs at 7pm CDT and 9pm CDT. The launch window for the mission is on or near 5 May.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-targets-may-2018-launch-of-mars-insight-mission


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