Technicians huddle near NASA’s InSight Mars lander to give the go for testing of the craft’s solar arrays.
Credit: Barbara David



Littleton, Colorado – NASA’s next Mars lander is in the final “ship and shoot” phases from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base – the first interplanetary mission to rocket from that site.

The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) is undergoing last checkouts here at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company – builder of the Mars-bound vehicle.

As InSight’s solar arrays unfurl, test engineers carefully inspect their deployment.
Credit: Barbara David

If all stays on track, InSight is to be shipped to the California launch site on February 28.




For a detailed look at final Mars lander preparations, go to my new story:

Meet the Next Mars Lander: Getting Insight on NASA’s InSight

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