ETFs to Consider as NASA's Insight Blasts off to Mars

ETFs to Consider as NASA's Insight Blasts off to Mars

"InSight also measures tectonic activity and meteorite impacts on Mars today".

A University of B.C. geophysicist is excited to be pulling an all-nighter to witness the launch of a historic mission to Mars.

In case the Saturday launch is delayed, the launch window opens a few minutes earlier each morning up until June 8. But if weather or mechanical issues intervene, the team will keep trying.

Why Are We Studying Mars' Interior?

InSight Mars is the first mission that needs to examine Mars from the inside.

NASA WANTS TO DETECT THE FIRST MARSQUAKE Rather than search for water like previous Mars rovers, including Curiosity, InSight will study the planet's structure.

For scientists, one principal question looms over the work InSight will perform: How did Earth and Mars become so radically different, given that each was formed of the same intergalactic "stuff" about 4.5 billion years ago? We will be landing on Mars in the western Elysium Planitia region on Monday, Nov. 26, around noon Pacific time.

This will be a first test of miniaturized CubeSat technology - the diminutive solar-powered crafts contain propulsion devices to allow for navigational corrections - on another planet.

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"I didn't have too much time to stew on it and build up a lot of anxiety", Banerdt said.

The InSight lander will carry with it three main instruments.

What Can This Nifty Lander Do?

Hitching a ride with InSight are two CubeSats, called Mars Cube One. That will drill down into the surface of the red planet, to a depth of nearly sixteen feet.

Worldwide partners contributed $180m (£133m), with Germany providing the instruments for measuring heat flow and France equipping InSight with the seismic payload. RISE will help glean information about the composition and state of Mars' core. In particular, CNES provided the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, with significant contributions from the Max Planck Institute for Solar Systems Research (MPS).

Similar to earthquakes, marsquakes are tremors on the Red Planet.

"It's important to know where quakes occur and how often they occur", said Johnson. As the planet cools and shrinks, it's believed that the crust also cracks, setting off marsquakes of 6- or 7-magnitude. When a quake travels through a material, its vibration changes. Tanks with samples of Martian rocks is scheduled to leave in certain places in order that subsequently they can deliver on the Ground for future automatic spacecraft.

Perhaps InSight will give scientists their first clues to the tremors of this far-flung world.

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