The launch is now scheduled for Vandenberg between 4:05 a.m. and 6:05 a.m. NASA has given a six-month time window to set InSight for Mars. JPL Director Michael Watkins led Pence; his wife, Karen; and their daughter Charlotte on a private tour of several facilities, including the mission control building and the "Mars Yard", an outdoor facility that mimics the Martian terrain. "Eventually Earth's convection will slow, so the InSight mission can help us predict what the future for Earth's interior looks like". Mars doesn't have plate tectonics.
Understanding how much heat is flowing out of the deep interior of the planet, is the job of the heat probe HP, while RISE will help scientists work out how the deep interior structure affects the planet's motion around the Sun.
There, the rover and two satellites will survey the Red Planet's terrain to learn how the planet was formed, seismic activity, and the effects of meteorites.
Other NASA missions to Mars are also planned, although the heat shield for the agency's 2020 Mars Rover recently cracked during tests. According to Kristina Williams, the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg, there is an 80 percent chance that people won't be able to see the InSight Mars lander take off from its Vandenberg launch pad. This will provide a unique insight (geddit?) into Mars' history. Seismic activity on Mars is thought to come from cracks forming in the crust, with the planet's interior energy expected to be less intense than Earth's.
The 794-pound lander, built by Lockheed Martin Corp., is set to touch down on November 26 after a six-month cruise and a six-minute re-entry and descent-the most perilous aspect of the journey.
Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Apollo moonwalkers drilled up to 8 feet (2.5 meters) into the lunar surface so scientists back home could measure the underground flow of lunar heat.
"Weather permitting, InSight's pre-dawn launch (4:05 a.m.) may be visible for more than 10 million Californians without a need for them to drive to a special location", NASA said. Instead, it will stay in place once landed, and explore the planet that way.
"We have a do-no-harm philosophy for secondary payloads", Messer said. "Once we're on the ground and have communications set up, I'm confident we can get a lot of great science out of the mission, no matter what happens".
The launch is set for Saturday, at 4:05 a.m. local time, aboard an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California, with a two-hour daily launch window.
Vice President Mike Pence made a visit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL) in Pasadena, California, last Saturday (April 28) to tour the facility and check out the preparations for NASA's newest Mars mission.
Photos taken on Saturday by Reuters photographer Yuri Gripas showed the tree was no longer on the South Lawn. However, by April 27, the tree had disappeared and been replaced by a discolored patch of grass.
Stars she had worked with over the year also began posting tributes to Instagram , including her Thrashin' co-star Josh Brolin. I remember being in bed (I was 17) and hearing the radio come on saying that the Challenger had just exploded.
Harry and Meghan will travel in the Scottish State Coach that has a partial glass roof to allow spectators to see who's inside. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to walk down the aisle in just 16 days' time.
Numerous former coaches and team-mates of Gerrard have had their say on the ex-England star taking up the role at Ibrox. He admitted he had held talks and they were resumed on Thursday as the two parties looked to thrash out terms.
Around 100 students walked out of Grand Ledge High School in MI , where they gathered around a flagpole in front of the school. At 9:55 a.m., up to 100 students gathered outside of the school with a few students carrying flags across the parking lot.
An average iPhone was sold for $728 during the quarter, up from $655 a year ago, said CFO Luca Maestri during the investor call. He said the ASP growth was "mainly driven by iPhone X ", indicating the $1000 price point had worked in the company's favour.
The 167-kilometre second stage on Saturday (Sunday NZT) will whizz down the Mediterranean coast from Haifa to Tel Aviv. Froome was pictured with a ripped jersey and shorts and cuts around his hip and right knee as his bike was repaired.
The PM2.5 includes pollutants like sulfate, nitrate and black carbon, which pose the greatest risk to human health. In some regions, sand and desert dust, waste burning and deforestation are additional sources of air pollution.
This handsome day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well-wishers. Anushka Sharma , one of India's most popular film artists, celebrated her 30th birthday on 1st May, 2018.
He was the seventh overall draft pick in 2010, became an All-Star in 2013 and was the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2015. Off the field, Harvey has been partying it up. "We feel Matt is a starter that needs to work on four pitches, " Boras said.
Gadgets Now recently found out that Google's Assistant also shows up the same curse word in results when asked to define "Mother". At the International Business Times India office, we gave this a spin to see if Siri can really get so insensitive, and it did.
Beasts battle: CSK vs KKR
The Chennai Super Kings on the other hand have lesser issues to address. "This is what I discussed with DK (Karthik)", Gill said. Weather: There are chances of rain in Kolkata but the drainage system is quite good, so there might not be a lot to worry about.
Xiaomi files for largest Chinese tech IPO since 2014
Its 2017 revenue surged by 67.5% to 114.6 billion yuan ($18 billion), with overseas sales more than tripling to 32.1 billion yuan. Lei has pledged to reclaim the top spot in China in the next 10 quarters, but it won't be easy in a declining smartphone market.
Salah voted England's Footballer of the Year
Salah and 26-year-old Belgian De Bruyne collected more than 90% of the votes from members of the Football Writers' Association. He also looks set to win the Golden Boot award to cap a stunning campaign on Merseyside.