Mission to Mars: NASA Lacks InSight

 

Have you ever wondered if the Red Planet shakes, rattles and rolls? No? Too bad! NASA filled their bottle rocket and flung a sophisticated ornament at Mars, just in time for the holiday season. InSight blazed a path of hell across space-time, and on November 26, 2018, landed near Elysium Planitia—a flat and lackluster region on Mars…which greatly encapsulates how exciting this mission is going to be.

 

Image Credit: NASA

 

Elysium Planitia is pretty much a Martian parking lot. The predictable territory makes it difficult for something to go very wrong, and that’s why the region was chosen to be poked and prodded by nosy scientific instruments. Not because it’s interesting or unique…because it’s easy and accessible.

InSight is gonna help us answer the BIG question, right? Well…nope. InSight will place its ears close to the ground and listen to seismic activity. The technological marvel doesn’t have any legs or arms, however, that didn’t stop it from tweeting a pretty photograph and heartfelt message.

 

 

Impressive! Take a look at the gorgeous detail. Oh. Wait. You can’t.

Come on, InSight. Get your act together. You should have removed your damn lens cover. Think about it.

Don’t get it twisted—InSight is not a roaming rover. The stationary lander is equipped with a few solar panels and a variety of complicated tools. InSight is also well-endowed: the heat flow probe will penetrate 5 meters (16 feet) below the surface and measure temperature.

 

Image Credit: BBC

 

 

The BIG Question

The Rusted Wasteland has captivated Earthlings since the beginning of time, but let’s face it—red is dead. Sure, sure…there might be a few microbes locked up inside an ancient rock, and a few droplets of water may cling to the wall of a dark crater. Answering the BIG question may help everyone feel a little less lonely. If life sprouted on Earth and Mars, then perhaps life ain’t all that special. Are we truly ready for that kind of information? Hell no.

Don’t worry…NASA currently lacks the insight required to figure out if life, indeed, is special or not. InSight certainly won’t help, and that’s probably a good thing.

 

While InSight is twiddling its RISE antenna—Curiosity and Opportunity are lookin’ for signs of life. InSight also seems a little exposed. A dust storm could smother the delicate buffet of scientific instruments, while it’s attempting to measure shakes and wobbles…because there’s a gooey secret lurking in the core of Mars, and it sure as shit isn’t caramel or nougat. Unfortunately.

Mars is not the only planet in the solar system, however, a quick glance at the list of recent missions may prove otherwise. Let’s take a look.

 

 

Mission to Mars: Orbiters & Landers

  1. Mars 2
  2. Mars 3
  3. Mars 6
  4. Viking 1 lander
  5. Viking 2 lander
  6. Mars Pathfinder
  7. Mars climate orbiter
  8. Mars polar lander / deep space 2
  9. Beagle 2
  10. Spirit rover
  11. Opportunity rover
  12. Mars science laboratory
  13. Schiaparelli EDM lander
  14. InSight lander

 

If you were to add up all the moolah required to fund each Martian mission, the grand total would be…a lot. Some of that cold hard cash could have been used to explore other planets or moons. Imagine if a rover was exploring Ganymede or Titan. Mars hogs all the attention and it’s not fair. All the good stuff is floating beyond the Asteroid Belt. Everybody knows that.

How come Neptune barely gets any lovin’? Such a shame. Poor Mercury is almost completely ignored, and that’s just unacceptable. Let’s not even discuss Uranus.

 

 


 

 

 

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** Further Resources **

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Author: FlyTrapMan

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27 thoughts

    1. Haha. My thoughts exactly. No one wants to be on Uranus. I think Neptune and Jupiter would be interesting to to explore. I don’t understand all the attention Mars and Uranus get.

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      1. I’m sure you’re right about Mars. I’m just so curious about the storm on Jupiter. Apparently it’s getting smaller. I also think Neptune would be cool because it’s named after the Sea God. It’s such a bummer they are too far. Who wants to investigate a plant named after a butt anyway?

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      2. Maybe to men it never gets old! Ha. I wonder who came up with the name, too. Fly, write an article about the origin of planet names. We’re curious about who named Uranus.

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      1. Interesting. I still think you should write a full post on planet name origins. Does the fact it’s a gas planet have anything to do with it’s name? A very weird pun…? Ha.

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  1. Damnit! Why can’t we discuss Uranus? 😕 Your double entendres are what the InSight Lander ought to probe more deeply. It does a 7 feet long arm after all — impressive length! Educational and witty.

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      1. Primitive life is probably common. I wouldn’t be surprised if primitive lifeforms were floating in the clouds of Jupiter or other gas-like planets. We might be the only “intelligent” life in the Milky Way galaxy, but some astronomers believe that’s not the case.

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  2. I think this is one of your best posts. I like you it’s formatted and how you used your sources. I knew Mars was explored a lot but I didn’t realize how many expeditions it actually has had. Crazy! I would like to see Neptune explored. Thank you for including me in your post! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about this mission. I didn’t know about it. The post could have been more informitive, but there are other articles which explored the topic in greater detail. Some of the Martian missions failed. Mars is not an easy planet to explore…even though it’s relatively close to Earth.

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      1. You’re welcome! Too bad you weren’t able to catch it live. I think you did a great job writing this piece. Definitely one of your best. I like how you did research and back up your information with a source. It makes your post more creditable. Ya know, you can save the rest of the information for another post! You can write about the Martian missions and what was discovered each time. Just throwing an idea out… 😛

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