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Mars InSight in Photos: NASA's Mission to Probe Core of the Red Planet

Atlas V Launches NASA InSight

NASA TV

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's InSight Mars soars into space after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California before dawn on May 5, 2018.

NASA's InSight Mars lander plan

NASA/JPL-Caltech

InSight's landing zone is a flat stretch of the western Elysium Planitia, near the Martian equator.

Leonard David and InSight Mars Lander

Leonard David

On the floor with InSight during the solar array test: shameless selfie!

Formation of Rocky Bodies

JPL/NASA

Artist rendition of the formation of rocky bodies in the solar system - how they form and differentiate and evolve into terrestrial planets.

InSight Mars Lander Lowers Seismic Sensor

NASA/JPL

This still from a NASA animation shows the InSight Mars lander as it lowers a seismic sensor to the Martian surface in order to study the planet's interior.

Spread Your Solar Wings

Lockheed Martin

Technicians unfurl the InSight Mars lander's solar arrays during a key test at a Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Colorado on Jan. 23, 2018.

Solar Array Test

Lockheed Martin

InSight's solar panels performed as planned during the test, NASA officials said.

NASA's InSight Mars lander and techs

Barbara David

Technicians give NASA's Insight Mars lander a thumbs-up during a final round of testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. in Colorado. InSight is due to launch toward the Red Planet next year.

InSight Mars Lander Covers Seismic Sensor

NASA/JPL

The InSight Mars lander lowers a protective cover over the seismic sensor used to dig into the Martian surface in this animation still.

Putting a Name Chip on Mars InSight

NASA/JPL Caltech/Lockheed Martin

A spacecraft specialist in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, where the InSight lander is being tested, affixes a dime-size chip onto the lander deck in November 2015. A second microchip will be added in 2018.

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