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The InSight Mission to Mars Master Thread

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racshot65:
http://insight.jpl.nasa.gov/

kevin-rf:
Sigh, to bad they can not send a half dozen seismometer's to different locations to better map Mar's interior.

Considering it was built on the Phoenix platform, that flew on a Delta II, is it possible to fit two or more on the larger Atlas V? Or is there a chance this will fly on the Antares or Falcon 9?

Robotbeat:

--- Quote from: kevin-rf on 01/08/2012 12:35 pm ---Sigh, to bad they can not send a half dozen seismometer's to different locations to better map Mar's interior.

Considering it was built on the Phoenix platform, that flew on a Delta II, is it possible to fit two or more on the larger Atlas V? Or is there a chance this will fly on the Antares or Falcon 9?

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Let's not get ahead of ourselves. There's a lot you can do with one really good seismometer (a really long integration of very high resolution and very good signal/noise can sometimes do the work of several such probes with mediocre seismometers... and when you develop a better model of the interior of Mars, the knowledge of the model can then allow you to pull better data out of the output of the seismometer... I once did a simulation that showed that if you don't have dissipation and have knowledge of the environment such as all the different interfaces that waves can bounce off, a single sensor can accurately map the location and characteristics of several disturbances simultaneously). This mission hasn't even been approved, yet... It's just one of three proposals in this mission class that may get approved (only one will). Budget is always tight for this sort of thing, so launching several of these isn't very realistic.

simonbp:

--- Quote from: Robotbeat on 01/08/2012 08:09 pm ---This mission hasn't even been approved, yet... It's just one of three proposals in this mission class that may get approved (only one will).

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And, it should be noted, it's going for a standard Discovery mission, which is hard for Mars missions, given that they have their own separate budget category (a Dan Goldin legacy).

Also, if it does not happen, all hope is not lost for a Mars geophysical mission, as it appears the "Red Dragon" that Ames is proposing for the following Discovery round includes a very similar instrument package (but larger).

Jim:

--- Quote from: simonbp on 01/18/2012 03:06 pm ---
--- Quote from: Robotbeat on 01/08/2012 08:09 pm ---This mission hasn't even been approved, yet... It's just one of three proposals in this mission class that may get approved (only one will).

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And, it should be noted, it's going for a standard Discovery mission, which is hard for Mars missions, given that they have their own separate budget category (a Dan Goldin legacy).


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Used to, I believe.

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