NSN Webinar: Exploring the Birth of Rocky Planets: The InSight Mission to Mars

NSN Webinar: Exploring the Birth of Rocky Planets: The InSight Mission to Mars

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  • Inside Venue
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  • Teen, Adult
Images: NASA/Sharon Kedar

On March 28, 2018, NSN members joined Sharon Kedar, from NASA's InSight mission to Mars. He updated members on the lander's upcoming exploration of Mars' interior.

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.  But InSight is more than a Mars mission - it is a terrestrial planet explorer that will address one of the most fundamental issues of planetary and solar system science - understanding the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Earth) more than four billion years ago.  By using sophisticated geophysical instruments, InSight will delve deep beneath the surface of Mars, detecting the fingerprints of the processes of terrestrial planet formation, as well as measuring the planet's "vital signs": Its "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow probe), and "reflexes" (precision tracking).  InSight seeks to answer one of science's most fundamental questions: How did the terrestrial planets form?

About Sharon Kedar
Sharon Kedar PhD: Sharon (Shah’Rone) obtained his BSc in Geophysics and Planetary Science from Tel Aviv University in 1985, and a PhD in Geophysics from Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory in 1996.  NSF postdoc at the USGS Volcano Hazards program 1996-1998.  He joined JPL’s  Geodynamics and Space Geodesy group in 2001.  At JPL Sharon worked on a variety of Earth science and applications projects, as well as on mission concepts and instrument formulation in the Earth, planetary, and astrophysics areas.  He is the InSight Mission Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) Investigation Scientist.

To investigate Mars in detail, NASA has produced Mars Trek, a visualization tool where users can explore the imagery and science data returned from the various missions to Mars.  This is a great tool to bring the details of Mars exploration to your outreach events.  Mars Trek was featured in the June 2016 Night Sky Network webinar.

Last Updated: March 30, 2018

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NSN Webinar: Exploring the Birth of Rocky Planets: The InSight Mission to Mars

On March 28, 2018, NSN members joined Sharon Kedar, from NASA's InSight mission to Mars. He updated members on the lander's upcoming exploration of Mars' interior.

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