A model of the InSight lander is shown at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. A NASA spacecraft is just a few hours away from landing on Mars. The InSight lander is aiming for a Monday afternoon touchdown on what scientists and engineers hope will be a flat plain on the red planet. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ASSOCIATED PRESS

Today marked a major milestone and a new era in our exploration of Mars and our understanding of the history and evolution of our solar system and even planet Earth itself. The Insight lander successfully touched down on the surface of the red planet to begin to uncover crucial information about how the planet was formed, and how it has evolved.

This isn’t NASA’s first rodeo, but every Mars landing is tense. After years of engineering and innovation and a trip of 300 million miles, the lander has to survive penetrating the atmosphere or Mars and then rapidly decelerate from more than 12,000 miles per hour and land softly (relatively speaking) on the surface. Now that the Insight lander has successfully landed on Mars, the real work begins.

The Insight Lander Mission

I spoke with Dr. Robert Braun, the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Braun has worked with NASA and is also a technical consultant for Radical Media on the Mars series—currently in its second season on Nat Geo.

He explained that the mission of the Insight lander is to help us learn about the creation and formation of Mars as a planet. Insight is equipped with cutting-edge seismology equipment, a heat probe to determine how much of the interior temperature of Mars is baking away over time, a radio sounder to detect how dynamic the planet is today and how Mars is fluxing over time, and more.

Braun proclaimed, “This is like no other mission that we’ve sent to Mars in the past.” The mission is, perhaps, less “sexy” than the Curiosity rover. However, the information we gain could have vastly more value. There are a lot of similarities between Mars and Earth, and much of what we learn may also shed light on the history and evolution of Earth as well.

Our Future with Mars

Aside from the purely scientific curiosity angle, there is another important reason to explore and understand Mars. There is significant speculation and a variety of parallel efforts underway with the goal of launching manned flights to Mars—and perhaps eventually colonizing as well.

The Nat Geo series Mars examines those efforts from a unique perspective. Mars combines today’s breakthroughs and an educational documentary of historical achievements to chronicle our progress toward Mars and combines it with a fictional narrative set decades in the future about what the first manned missions to Mars might be like.

As a technical consultant, Braun has help with storyline and script development. He told me he has worked closely with the writers, producers, actors, set designers, and just about every other aspect of production to ensure accuracy. When you’re talking about fictional events in the future, you can take a little artistic license with reality, but even the stuff that is pure fantasy has to be at least grounded in real-world science and scientific principles.

Everyone at NASA should be commended for continuing to advance our understanding of our solar system and the planets around us. The information we’re able to collect and analyze from Insight should be extremely valuable. Keep paying attention to what we learn from Insight and Curiosity, and check out the Mars series on Nat Geo to see where all of this knowledge and information might get us in 30 or 40 years.

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Today marked a significant turning point and a brand-new age in our expedition of Mars and our understanding of the history and development of our planetary system and even world Earth itself. The Insight lander effectively touched down on the surface area of the red world to start to reveal essential details about how the world was formed, and how it has actually progressed.

This isn’t NASA’s very first rodeo, however every Mars landing is tense. After years of engineering and development and a journey of 300 million miles, the lander needs to make it through permeating the environment or Mars and after that quickly decrease from more than 12,000 miles per hour and land gently (reasonably speaking) on the surface area. Now that the Insight lander has actually effectively arrived on Mars, the genuine work starts.

The Insight Lander Objective

I talked to Dr. Robert Braun, the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado in Stone. Braun has actually dealt with NASA and is likewise a technical expert for Radical Media on the Mars series— presently in its 2nd season on Nat Geo.

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Braun announced, “This resembles no other objective that we have actually sent out to Mars in the past.” The objective is, maybe, less “attractive” than the Interest rover. Nevertheless, the details we get might have greatly more worth. There are a great deal of resemblances in between Mars and Earth, and much of what we find out might likewise clarify the history and development of Earth too.

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Our Future with Mars

Aside from the simply clinical interest angle, there is another essential factor to check out and comprehend Mars. There is substantial speculation and a range of parallel efforts underway with the objective of releasing manned flights to Mars– and maybe ultimately colonizing too.

The Nat Geo series Mars takes a look at those efforts from a distinct point of view. Mars integrates today’s advancements and an instructional documentary of historic accomplishments to chronicle our development towards Mars and integrates it with an imaginary narrative set years in the future about what the very first manned objectives to Mars may be like.

As a technical expert, Braun has assist with story and script advancement. He informed me he has actually worked carefully with the authors, manufacturers, stars, set designers, and practically every other element of production to guarantee precision. When you’re discussing imaginary occasions in the future, you can take a little creative license with truth, however even the things that is pure dream needs to be at least grounded in real-world science and clinical concepts.

Everybody at NASA ought to be applauded for continuing to advance our understanding of our planetary system and the worlds around us. The details we have the ability to gather and evaluate from Insight ought to be very important. Keep taking note of what we gain from Insight and Interest, and have a look at the Mars series on Nat Geo to see where all of this understanding and details may get us in 30 or 40 years.

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A design of the InSight lander is revealed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. A NASA spacecraft is simply a couple of hours far from landing on Mars. The InSight lander is going for a Monday afternoon goal on what researchers and engineers hope will be a flat plain on the red world. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Today marked a significant turning point and a brand-new age in our expedition of Mars and our understanding of the history and development of our planetary system and even world Earth itself. The Insight lander effectively touched down on the surface area of the red world to start to reveal essential details about how the world was formed, and how it has actually progressed.

This isn’t NASA’s very first rodeo, however every Mars landing is tense. After years of engineering and development and a journey of 300 million miles, the lander needs to make it through permeating the environment or Mars and after that quickly decrease from more than 12, 000 miles per hour and land gently (reasonably speaking) on the surface area. Now that the Insight lander has actually effectively arrived on Mars, the genuine work starts.

The Insight Lander Objective

I talked to Dr. Robert Braun, the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado in Stone. Braun has actually dealt with NASA and is likewise a technical expert for Radical Media on the Mars series — presently in its 2nd season on Nat Geo.

He described that the objective of the Insight lander is to assist us find out about the development and development of Mars as a world. Insight is geared up with advanced seismology devices, a heat probe to identify just how much of the interior temperature level of Mars is baking away gradually, a radio sounder to identify how vibrant the world is today and how Mars is fluxing gradually, and more.

Braun announced, “This resembles no other objective that we have actually sent out to Mars in the past.” The objective is, maybe, less “attractive” than the Interest rover. Nevertheless, the details we get might have greatly more worth. There are a great deal of resemblances in between Mars and Earth, and much of what we find out might likewise clarify the history and development of Earth too.

Our Future with Mars

Aside from the simply clinical interest angle, there is another essential factor to check out and comprehend Mars. There is substantial speculation and a range of parallel efforts underway with the objective of releasing manned flights to Mars– and maybe ultimately colonizing too.

The Nat Geo series Mars takes a look at those efforts from a distinct point of view. Mars integrates today’s advancements and an instructional documentary of historic accomplishments to chronicle our development towards Mars and integrates it with an imaginary narrative set years in the future about what the very first manned objectives to Mars may be like.

As a technical expert, Braun has assist with story and script advancement. He informed me he has actually worked carefully with the authors, manufacturers, stars, set designers, and practically every other element of production to guarantee precision. When you’re discussing imaginary occasions in the future, you can take a little creative license with truth, however even the things that is pure dream needs to be at least grounded in real-world science and clinical concepts.

Everybody at NASA ought to be applauded for continuing to advance our understanding of our planetary system and the worlds around us. The details we have the ability to gather and evaluate from Insight ought to be very important. Keep taking note of what we gain from Insight and Interest, and have a look at the Mars series on Nat Geo to see where all of this understanding and details may get us in 30 or 40 years.

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