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Monday, August 24, 2015

Photos of the Day: The InSight Lander Makes More Progress on the Path to Launch...

NASA's InSight Mars lander is tucked inside its aeroshell at the Lockheed Martin facility near Denver, Colorado.
NASA / Lockheed Martin

Just felt liking sharing these photos showing engineers at the Lockheed Martin facility near Denver, Colorado as they inspect the heat shield and aeroshell that will enshroud and protect NASA's InSight lander during its 6-month journey to Mars next year. With the exception of the science instruments that it will use to study the interior of the Red Planet's surface, most of InSight's flight components are derived from the Phoenix spacecraft that successfully touched down on Mars in early 2008. InSight will hopefully capitalize on that triumph by using this heritage hardware to help it make a flawless landing of its own in late September of 2016. Stay tuned.

The heat shield is about to be attached to the aeroshell that enshrouds NASA's InSight Mars lander at the Lockheed Martin facility near Denver, Colorado.
NASA / Lockheed Martin

The heat shield is attached to the aeroshell that enshrouds NASA's InSight Mars lander at the Lockheed Martin facility near Denver, Colorado.
NASA / Lockheed Martin

An engineer inspects the heat shield and aeroshell that enshroud NASA's InSight Mars lander at the Lockheed Martin facility near Denver, Colorado.
NASA / Lockheed Martin

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