NASA’s InSight Lander: Mission to Mars

When:
April 18, 2018 – April 22, 2018 all-day
2018-04-18T00:00:00-07:00
2018-04-23T00:00:00-07:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
Embarcadero at Green Street, San Francisco
CA 94111
NASA’s InSight Lander: Mission to Mars @ Exploratorium

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and 6:00–10:00 p.m. Thursday (Ages 18+)
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Join NASA/JPL and Exploratorium scientists to learn all about the InSight Lander mission, the first to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Launching in May 2018, it will be the very first interplanetary launch from the West Coast.

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single lander on Mars. InSight is more than a Mars mission; it’s a terrestrial planet explorer that will address one of the most fundamental questions of planetary and solar system science: what are the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Earth) more than four billion years ago?

Learn about the sophisticated geophysical instruments InSight will use to 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).

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.

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