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Available Expert - NASA's InSight prepares to land on Mars

Monday, November 26, 2018

Queen’s University expert Mark Richardson is available to comment on NASA’s InSight lander touching down on Mars today. The historic event is set for 3 pm.

“After hurdling through space for over half a year, NASA’s InSight Lander’s interplanetary journey will come to a rapid stop as it rams into Mars’ atmosphere,” says Dr. Richardson. “NASA did their last trajectory correction maneuver yesterday to ensure InSight lands inside its ‘landing ellipse’ in Elysium Planetia. This flat area near the equator should ensure a safe landing and ample sunlight to power InSight’s solar panels. Once landed, InSight will study the internal structure and temperature of Mars as well as its seismic activity. These can tell us about the nature of planet formation, and the tectonic activity that may have been present early in Mars history, when it is thought to have had huge bodies of water, and thus possibly life.”

Dr. Richardson works as the Education and Outreach Officer at the McDonald Institute.

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