What lies below the surface of Mars?
NASA’s InSight Mars Lander successfully touched down on the red planet on November 26th, 2018.
Its mission is to study the interior structure of Mars.
One way it plans to do so is by taking the temperature of Mars. Using on-board equipment called a Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe (HP3), it will burrow down to almost 16 feet (five meters) into Mars’ surface.
From NASA’s site: “That’s deeper than any previous arms, scoops, drills or probes before it … it measures the heat coming from Mars’ interior to reveal how much heat is flowing out of the body of the planet, and what the source of the heat is.”
So it does leave us to wonder what InSight just might discover while it burrows into the soil?! More rocks maybe, oil, water, dark matter or perhaps something else.
We are now well on the way to finding out. Thanks NASA!
And we just have to say it, THIS IS EXACTLY HOW IT ALL BEGINS!
Did you know that InSight is short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.
The Army of the Alien Monkeys find this all very intriguing.